December 14, 2011 Leave a comment
Infographics, or Information Graphics, are a visual representation of knowledge. It is a way to represent information graphically. You have probably already seen many infographics, but you did not know that this is what they are called. We see them all the time in Magazines and Newspapers, like the infographic depicting Osama Bin Laden’s Compound and how he was caught. They are those illustrations, graphics, pictures, arrows and text that accompany an article and that help you understand the information contained within that article.
I was always fascinated by these infographics, even before I knew that’s what they are called. In fact, one of my favorite Graphic Designers is Edward Tufte, who creates amazing infographics. Also, Nicholas Felton, whose annual reports I find to be incredible. Perhaps because that I am fascinated with these types of designs, I love to see them in other media and not just newspapers and magazines.
I remember seeing infographics and enjoying them in illustrated dictionaries, and encyclopedias I researched for homework as a kid. I always stopped to look at them, even if they weren’t related to the topic of my homework. You know which ones I am talking about, those that showed you the parts of a car, the animals that live in the water, the solar system, the human skeleton, the process of water evaporation, and so on.
Nowadays, we see infographics in other places as well. I have seen infographics being used in movies, such as the closing credits for “The Other Guys” movies. That animated Infographic was about Ponzi Schemes, the bailout, and corruption in general.
I also love te infographics in one of my favorite movies, “Stranger Than Fiction”.
There are motion graphics infographics created sort of like a video, with only typography, illustrations, and sometimes a narrative. People infographics like these to make a difference, to inform others about changes they can choose to make on their own to help. For example, this infographic designed by Chris Harmon, about the oil spill in the Gulf back in 2010.
Some infographics even tell us how to do something. Like how to make a good cup of coffee.
Something I found very cool is a Graphic Designer’s Resume Infographic!
There is even an Infographic about Infographics!!!
I hope you enjoyed all of these Infographics, and now you know what they are called when you see one. I will post a collection of my favorite Infographics soon.