Three Ultimate Ways To Design A Unique And Appealing Infographic

Infographics have been on the web for some time now. This is mainly because the information that is distributed in the form of visuals has always been more appealing to the masses. But because of the new possibilities of HTML 5 for the web, new technologies and also the wide formation of data driven websites, infographics are again soaring to popularity and making one for your business is becoming a trend.

If you are ready to design an infographic for your business or for your client then doing so in HTML 5 is the way to go. But considering as there would be many businesses and service providers designing infographics, the real question is how you will be able to make your infographic break through the clutter.

This article puts together the 3 ultimate ways with which you can make your infographic stand out from the crowd. Read on below and you will understand step by step how to make your infographic highly sharable and appealing.

Step One – See If Your Have “Fried” Your Infographics Properly

Now this step isn’t some technical of cooking related process. The term “Fried’ comes from the initials of a basic analysis you need to do before crafting an infographic first. Here it goes:

• Fresh – is your infographic been made with a fresh idea?

• Relevant – is the information engaging?

• Informative – are your facts right and intriguing?

• Entertaining – Will the infographic draw viewers?

• Different – has this infographic been done before?

If you have attempted this questionnaire before you start working on your infographic, you will be able to map out your goals efficiently and design an infographic that draws in the viewer.

Step Two – Introduce Motion, Make Your Infographics Interactive

You can make your infographic more appealing and interactive by introducing motion into its graphics. For this purpose, you can use an HTML 5 animation tool known as Adobe edge animate which allows you extend your custom infographic design with movement. Adobe edge animate provides easy tutorials to designers who are new to Parallax and HTML 5 to begin with.

Step Three – Choose Powerful Data Source And Tools To Illustrate Them

Whether you have done the research or your client, without any reliable data sources an infographic will sink. And because data sources can vary, it is sensible to invest some time so that you can have quality data sources.

Some top infographic researchers suggest that Quora supplies the greatest publicly available datasets for accumulating raw data. Furthermore, you can also head to Piktochart and infogr.am that offer products for evaluating and collecting data.

Bottom-line

The three steps mentioned above are your key to designing an appealing and highly shareable infographics. Once you have gathered the information you need and your infographics is in the pipe line, plan ahead and start working on how will you be marketing your infographics upon completion.

4 Ways to Lengthen Your Infographic Content

4 ways to lengthen your infographic content

In today’s multidimensional world, there’s no such thing as one size fits all. When you have a great concept that demands recognition, why not use every possible entity to make sure your message gets heard?

Traditionally, Infographics have been the end medium for presenting content, and although it’s a tried and true method to broaden your reach, it’s only the beginning of what you can do with that content once it’s an Infographics.

In this post we will explore a few methods for repurposing your Infographics into other media.

Break your content into a blog post

There are two common directions you can take when publishing an Infographics on your blog: hosting the full-size image directly on your page or applying a smaller version, which, when clicked will open to a full Infographics. Both are sound hosting methods, they tend to limit the manner in which you and your readers can share across other channels.

For example, when someone tweets out a link to your Infographics, the tweet will only share the title of the blog post along with the link. This doesn’t help to capture audience attention. A solution to this situation is – you can take advantage of any hard section breaks in your Infographics, separate those out into their own individual sections, and then add share buttons to each one. Now when anyone shares your content they have the option to share one image or multiple images. It will automatically link to your blog post.

Create more micro content

Micro content can come in many different forms. Tweeting out the blog can be considered as micro content as it’s basically a condensed interpretation of a larger piece of content. The Infographics sections can be considered as micro content as well. Though it’s not that easy, but this way Infographics can be broken down into sections, which is not always possible.

Try pulling out clusters of information or data sets within your Infographics and building them out into a series of “mini-Infographics.” By doing so you’re essentially creating even more content that can be used across many channels, as well as extending the shelf life of existing content.

Extend the content into white papers and eBooks

Usually, the content that’s used in an Infographics is just a portion of a larger set of data or information fetched from the original source. You can use this extra content, along with the design style and layout of your Infographics, to your advantage by expanding on the topic through the creation of a white paper or eBook.

All the amazing micro content you created on the Infographics itself can be used to drive traffic to your white paper or eBook.

Try creating a motion graphic

Video content that’s quickly becoming one of the top forms of media that’s being consumed, expanding your Infographics into motion graphic is not a bad idea. However, it is a highly challenging content type to develop due to the time required in it. And the skill that usually goes into creating it is something that’s worth viewing.

If a full motion graphic video seems a little too much then instead you can go for a series of shorter animations or GIFs.

From topic research to content development and design, creating an infographic can be an ambitious undertaking. You’ll want to get as much use of it as you can and the above suggestions are a good start.

Four Ways to Make Your Infographic Amazing

These days infographics are everywhere. And if you’re not using them you’re missing out on the publicity they generate through social media traffic, news and blogging sites. The world is hungry for visually interesting content that teaches something new and important. Make sure you’re the one filling the gap!

Here are four ways to make sure the infographic you’re creating is amazing.

1. Get your facts right

A really great infographic is simple to understand but has depth behind it. And by depth I mean some research, some statistics, some facts that have been carefully checked and can be proven if requested. Sure, infographics are there to simplify complicated data and subjects, and rightly so. But there should still be a decent amount of research and data behind those simplified findings. Otherwise, it may come across as a bit phony and that’s the last thing you want your reader to think.

If you’re going to make your infographic really pop, you absolutely must get some raw data in there. 3 out of 4 people… 1 in 7 cats… There were 2.9 million disasters… $19.9 trillion of tax payers money… you get the idea. If you don’t get these facts in it’s going to be a bit of an uphill struggle creating original, stand out graphics to go with the copy. And at the end of the day – it is about the graphics! Without the graphics it’s not and infographic. And without the information, frankly you might as well just copy and paste some clip art from Microsoft office.

2. Get a headline that really makes you want to read more

When thinking about the copy behind your infographic think about a really eye-catching headline, something newsworthy, something that will hit your reader between the eyes. If you’re putting this infographic on Twitter or similar social media sites, you’ve got just a couple of seconds to grab their attention. Anything longer and sorry, your reader is already onto the next tweet or update. Don’t waste a word!

3. One message at a time please

Message? What exactly is your message? Make sure you’re only trying to get one main point across with each infographic, otherwise it will just end up a jumble of facts and figures. Have one main point, then hit that point home with two, three or four really great facts.

4. Blah blah blah overly long copy is boring

Do make sure your copy is cut down to the bare bones. Normally your sentences will begin a little word heavy which is nothing to be worried about. Just cut and delete anything that is not absolutely essential to the message.

So here’s a summary of my four tips for getting the best out of your infographic:

  • Get your facts straight. If you’re seriously trying to make a splash in the news, don’t get caught red-faced with your facts wrong. It could end up doing more damage than good.
  • Don’t forget the headline. If you’re going to re-write anything, let it be the headline. Seriously, folks, if the headline doesn’t ‘pop’ then neither will the infographic
  • Stick to one idea. If you’ve got more than one message you want to get across, it would be better to create a separate infographic for each one.
  • Cut down the word count. Please, please, please sacrifice your long copy. I promise you, when it comes to social media, peoples attention spans are shorter than a midget doing a limbo dance.

Finally, after all that preparation, if you’re looking for a graphic designer to do your infographics then you’ll want to find someone experienced who knows what they’re talking about.