How to use an infographic to make information beautiful

How to Create an Infographic

Blog 5

Today’s blog post is my choice. I chose to create an infographic. This was inspired by my classmate, Colin’s blog. Although, I feel slightly embarrassed my graphics and content aren’t quite as professional as his. This serves as good practice for my infographic Visual Rhetoric assignment I have coming up.

This infograph was created using Piktochart. It was easy to learn this software and there are lots of examples of layouts you can either pay for or use for ideas to create your own template (my choice). The tool is so intuitive, I didn’t troubleshoot a single tutorial or use the help features. There were lots of graphics to choose from (far more than template options) and lots of customize-ability. The concept of blocks, used by this tool, is a good concept to grasp for web design; I would recommend this tool to any person interested in learning to create professional-looking graphics or infographs. I can imagine this tool can be used for a number of projects in addition to infographs.

I have actually tried to recruit lost undergrads into the S&TC program. I have to remind myself that, for them, it may not be love at first sight like it was for me. I wholeheartedly love learning about human factors and usability, rhetoric, semiotics, semantics, writing theory, and writing using digital technologies. Sometimes I think I was missing something in my life before acknowledging my passion for information architecture. It’s also rewarding to encounter achievable tasks and accessible ideas outside my knowledge base/comfort zone. I am very thankful for the opportunity to become a professional in a field I respect and enjoy to this extent. It’s also fun to see others as excited as myself, hence the nerd reference…

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4 thoughts on “How to use an infographic to make information beautiful

  1. Love it, Ashley! “Getting paid to be a nerd” is great! I love your infographic and your topic for that project (you should target English majors who want to learn something practical). In my Tech and Professional Writing course, I’m working on a project researching the decline in interest in the Humanities, and one of the possible solutions I’m offering, as I’m using English as my case study, is informing students about possible career options that still apply a Humanities degree, i.e. Tech Comm! Maybe this was random, but I saw a connection in our projects…
    Anyways, if I need a infographic for my report, I now know where to go! Thanks!

  2. Hey Ashley!

    Let me begin by saying that I am honored that my post inspired you! Infographics are so fun to make and really allow us to be creative, showing our own style and town through a form of communicative artwork! I love yours. The colors are on point, the information is solid and the design flows very well. I like that you included your passion for the field as well, as it allows us readers to relate with you.

    Well done!
    Collin

  3. Hi Ashley. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on using Piktochart. I will be using it soon to create my first ever infographic for visual rhetoric. It’s so intimidating to see the blank template, but it should be fun to play around with. I think your infographic looks really nice! See you in class.

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