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Infographics For Dummies

Infographics For Dummies

Justin Beegel MBA , The Infographic World Team (With)

ISBN: 978-1-118-79227-8

Jun 2014

320 pages



Create stunning infographics with this hands-on guide

Infographics For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to creating data visualization with viral appeal. Written by the founder of Infographic World, a New York City based infographic agency, and his top designers, the book focuses on the how-to of data, design, and distribution to create stunning, shareable infographics. Step-by-step instruction allows you to handle data like a pro, while creating eye-catching graphics with programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The book walks you through the different types of infographics, explaining why they're so effective, and when they're appropriate.

Ninety percent of the information transmitted to your brain is visual, so it's important to tickle the optic nerves to get people excited about your data. Infographics do just that. Much more exciting than a spreadsheet, infographics can add humor, interest, and flash while imparting real information. Putting your data in graphic form makes it more likely to be shared via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media sites, and the visual interest makes it less likely to be ignored. Infographics For Dummies provides a tried-and-true method for creating infographics that tell a story and get people excited. Topics include:

  • Talking to clients about the data
  • Discovering trends, outliers, and patterns
  • Designing with mood boards and wireframes
  • Launching and promoting your infographic

The book, written by Justin Beegel, MBA, founder of Infographic World, Inc., describes the elements of a successful infographic, and stresses the must-have ingredients that get your data noticed. Humans are visual creatures, telling stories in a visual way. In today's world filled with data and messaging, an infographic is one of the best ways to get your point across. 

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Infographics 5

Chapter 1: Unlocking the Power of Infographics 7

Chapter 2: Exploring Infographics 19

Chapter 3: Designing Your Approach to Infographics 35

Part II: Starting with Data 57

Chapter 4: Informing Yourself 59

Chapter 5: Gathering Your Data 77

Chapter 6: Discovering the Story 93

Part III: Depicting with Delightful Design 115

Chapter 7: Creating Wireframes and Managing Mood Boards 117

Chapter 8: Designing Around a Theme 135

Chapter 9: Designing Infographics in Adobe Illustrator 153

Chapter 10: Designing Infographics in Photoshop 193

Chapter 11: Expanding Your Tools and Techniques 225

Part IV: Ready to Distribute 241

Chapter 12: Launching Your Infographic 243

Chapter 13: Promoting Your Infographic 255

Part V: The Part of Tens 273

Chapter 14: Ten Infographics Trends to Follow 275

Chapter 15: Ten Future Infographic Uses to Try Today 283

Index 291