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Visual Storytelling--The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine

Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days.


Here's a great article on how to create infographics, or tell a story using 'data viz.'


Translating data into a story is tough work and this article gives us some fabulous tips on how to do it.


Not a graphic designer? Don't worry -- as a business person the more you know about how to create a great data viz story, the better you can tell a graphic designer or graphic scriber what you want.


Another reason I like this article is because it actually mentions the need to create a storyline for your visual, and know before had what the key message is you are trying to deliver.


The storytelling points the article leaves out are the storytelling devices of metaphor, analogy, contrast, and sensory material that are critical to a story's and an infographic's success.  These pieces are implied in the article, but need more direct discussion about.


Use this article as a great guide.  And if you want more detail, go dig into "Visualize This" by Nathan Yau (although it can be pretty technical).

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5 Reasons Why Infographics Are Important To Your Blog

If you have a blog, incorporating infographics is an absolute must. Not only will the use of infographics help to elevate your blog’s ranking on search engines, but they will also make your blog more engaging.
They also have the potential to help you gain more readers and subscribers, and they can help you get your point across much more effectively than plain text...

(Read the complete article for 5 reasons why you should consider infographics in social media and blogging)
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20 Great Infographics of 2012

Though it's coming to a close, 2012 has certainly been an eventful year, with everything from elections and the Olympics, to scientific breakthroughs and major weather events making headlines.

To review some of these events and happenings in a visual format, here are twenty of the best static infographics from the past year...

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An easy way to create infographics and posters with ready-made visual themes.


Wow -- I see several templates I'm going to use today for my work with clients. What fun! This platform looks easy to use and I hope it is. Talk about some great visual storytelling!


In the meantime, I hope you find some templates you can use. Enjoy playing!


Thanks to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for finding this and sharing!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at ;

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The 5 Key Ingredients of Great Infographics

Everyone wants a great infographic. Generic as it sounds, it's overwhelmingly true.

Commissioners — the companies that hire designers or design firms to create infographics — want great results, whether it’s social media sharing, coverage by large websites and media or even achieving specific goal conversion rates. Designers want to work on and ultimately create a great piece that they are proud to include in their portfolio. And end users… well, they just like to look at great things that are beautiful, informative, original and shareable, ideally all at once. So how do you make a great infographic?

Much has been discussed about creating viral infographics and the role that story, data and design play, but viral doesn’t always equal “great” in a more conservative sense: a solid, informative, ethical piece that is beautifully designed and flawlessly executed.

Creating an infographic that is successful in the eyes of the client, design firm and audience is often elusive — but not impossible. At, the process starts out each project trying to do just that, and from the most successful projects (and the experience of going through not-so-successful ones), they extrapolated what are the key ingredients of producing infographics with the desired results.

Read further to learn more about the 5 key elements, including and how they each contribute to successful visualizations:

  • the idea
  • the data
  • willingness to let go & refine/filter data
  • honesty and humility
  • trust
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