What is an infographic?!
For a classic definition we can take from the blog post, What Is an Infographic: Types, Examples, Tips: “An infographic (information graphic) is a visual representation of information which aims to make the data easily understandable at a first glance.” The post also gives some great examples and tips if you’re needing help making one of your own!
Infographics are a great, more engaging way to show data and statistics. They’re more appealing and fun to look at, compared to a piece of work full of written statistics.
In my time in college, I have made a few of my own infographics and more recently I made one that I think turned out pretty well! (I’m not great at creativity stuff like infographics)
I want to take you through my infographic step by step and see what exactly I was trying to convey to my audience.
I chose to make my infographic centered around the foster care system and why we need more foster parents in our country. To keep my work on theme, my infographic asks you to learn more about becoming a foster parent and points you toward a nonprofit that can help along the process. Check them out here!
I haven’t talked about foster care at all in any of my posts so this may seem like a random choice. But, I actually have expressed my want to foster at some point in my life, to people close to me. So I thought to look into it and see the kind of statistics surrounding the system, and there was plenty to work with.
I got most of my statistics through nonprofit organizations and then followed their sources to the original. Most being reports each year on children and the system. I chose my statistics with my target audience in mind. My audience would be young parents who have looked into fostering before and who have the want to do it. The statistics could give them that extra push they may need to make the decision final.
I am not the most creative, so starting from scratch is where I ran into some problems. I searched examples of good infographics to help give me ideas and point me towards a direction. My advice to anyone making their own infographic is to give yourself enough time and break up the time you work on it. If you spend too much time staring at your work you may start to change things that don’t need it. Break up your work time and allow fresh eyes to see your work. This will help so you don’t get overwhelmed or too knit-picky.