Anatomy of an Infographic

While designing infographics over the course of the semester, we must remember that our infographics should always include the following:

  • Headline (Name your infographic)
  • Paragraph of text that explains what the infographic is about
  • References/footnotes giving credit to all sources
  • Pictograms
  • Strong visual hierarchy
  • The Grid System
  • All charts should have titles so it’s clear what data is represented
  • Labeled X and Y axis on all charts and graphs
  • Labeled pies on pie charts
  • Cohesive color palette used throughout
  • Clear typefaces, limited to 2-3 max per infographic composition

Assignment 2: I BOUGHT WHAT?!

For their second assignment of the semester, D4 students had to create an infographic detailing the money they spent over the course of one week.  All student designs can be found on each individual student’s blog, filed under “Assignment 2.”  Some highlights are below.

Tracey Lin:

Dominique Romero:

Ray Chen:

Hannah Phang:

Things Lady Gaga Wants

Another fine example of how charts and graphs don’t always have to be serious.  You can have a lot of fun with them, too.  The Bad Romance lyrics are a tiny bit incorrect, but this bar graph still makes me laugh!

Here are some other Lady Gaga infographics for all you “Little Monsters:”

Tutorials: Charts and Graphs



Here are links to some handy tutorials on creating charts and graphs.

Creating a Circle Graph

Bar Graphs

Bar Graphs, Part 2

Line Graphs