Look what I do for work! Today I had a chance to design some infographics that are related to milestone data of child development that we collected from moms engaged on our site. Of course the above image is NOT the thing, it was just something I was playing around with for the design of the bars and the charts and theÂ bar charts. When it is published I will post more details here.
It was my first time designing infographics and there are a couple of tools that I found useful. First of all, you need some data about something. Just in case you lack something interesting to say, check out Google Public Data. They have many interesting data sets about the world which are visualized in charts such as this one, general government debt as percent of GDP in European countries.
Another tool I found useful is IBM’s Many Eyes, a data collection and visualization tool. Here you can upload your own data sets and choose from a variety of visualization methods such as bar charts, pie charts, bubble charts, square charts…etc. All the data that the users have uploaded is available for anyone to see, so it’s also an interesting place to explore data, such as this one, degrees earned by gender over 5 decades. Looks like more and more women are completing higher education!
Many Eyes is mainly what I used to create my infographic. I publish a set of data using their tool, then take the results into Adobe Illustrator to design the layout and the looks.
To see some really inspiring finished infographics, check out Daily Infographic. I practically drool over these designs and want all of them as posters in my house.
Another website that might inspire you is Cool Infographics, a blog about infographics by designer Randy Krum.
Yes we learn something everyday and it’s even more special to learn from something beautiful everyday!