Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

What are infographics?

An infographic is a visual display of information that can be presented either as a static image (poster or online PDF) or an interactive image / animation online (Flash-based or HTML5). Infographics include visual representations of data, usually with small chunks of supporting text, to provide quick and clear information.

Why should you consider using them?

Infographics can be used to present a narrative, show data and statistics (using graphs, charts, tables, maps, graphics, photos etc), make comparisons – basically they offer an engaging and interesting way to share knowledge and ideas.

What software is available to produce infographics?

Other than drawing software tools you could use Easelly (www.easel.ly) – a free, web-based tool that enables you to generate and share infographics.

Pros:

  • Easy-to-use customisation tools.

  • Pre-designed templates, colours, and design objects.

  • Can drag and drop external images onto templates (either your own or those found, for example, using Creative Commons).

  • You can download and share your finished infographic.

Cons: You may find the free package a little limited in themes and design objects.

Conclusion

Infographics are a great way to display information. If you are a creative person you could produce an infographic using drawing software tools such as Adobe InDesign / Illustrator. However, if you are not familiar with such packages then try using Easelly. You can find free images and graphics to incorporate in your infographic by searching Creative Commons – just don’t forget to credit the artist! 

Click on the following link to view an infographic created by the TEL Team, using Adobe Illustrator.

Turnitin Vs Moodle assignment infographic