How they work

Infographics are designed to help the brain make sense of information.

or "show facts that would not be tellable otherwise." Alberto Cairo see delicious links below

Our brains love to think and memorize in visuals, also we imagine the relationships between objects and information in visuals, not in words. Try this – If I say Pen, Paper, Computer and Telephone - what comes to your mind first? Does alphabets (P-E-N) appears first to you?
the actual visuals of the objects recalled from your memory. Also didn’t you just visualize your working desk? As all the objects (Pen, Paper etc) immediately made a pattern in your mind and formed a context your mind spontaneously visualized a ‘complete’ picture.

That’s why infographics are very effective tools for learning content design.
Infographics represent data in a visual format which is easier for brain to articulate.

Infographics are visual representation of information and most probably the oldest learning and communication content designed by human being. From Egyptian Hieroglyphics the journey of Infographics started to visually communicate a complex concept document events or telling stories.
Modern Infographics started off as visual elements such as charts, maps, or diagrams that aid comprehension of a given text-based content. Today – in learning context, I would like to include process diagrams, concept maps, visual narratives, simulations etc. under Infographics.

Ask most people to read a 50 page report, strategic plan or proposal, or sit through a 30 page Powerpoint presentation, and their eyes will glaze over. "Alternatively show them an exciting visual tool that brings the topic to life and shows them everything they really need to know - and you'll achieve a whole new level of interest, engagement and retention."

Characteristics of infographics from ulearn group

Dave Winters delicious tags for Infographics

    Tips for Teaching with infographics
    • Add the search term infographic to your google
    • Learn how to link and save infographics
    • New York Times has some great graphics

    Tips for making infographics
    The start point would be to talk about what element would go into the graphic
    by that I mean having a written or verbal description of a possible graphic without
    actually producing it.
    • Organise the information
    • Simplify the information
    • Create redundancy ie make it possible to see the same informtation in several ways in the graphic
    • Not necessary that it is not challenging

    Documents to read about infographics
    Joseph Kendeler compares Text with infographic
    Two pages well researched
    Quite technical has information about creating infographics