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What are infographics?

An infographic is a one-page visual representation of a related set of data points; compiled using graphics with minimal use of text. Your infographic should tell us which question you chose, what the solution is and which data points you used to come to that point.

Tips for infographics:

The  team at National Geographic have provided us with tips to help you create your infographic. What’s most important is that you think about what story you’re trying to tell and who your audience is. See some of them below:

  1. Do good research. Make sure you have numbers, sources, or the appropriate resources to make your graphic. Be sure to cite your sources.
  2. Create a clear sketch (pencil works!) where you outline the process, data, or narrative you’re trying to show.
  3. Find your visual style or voice. Pick one technique (diagrams, charting, bold typography, 3D illustration, hand illustration) and stick to it. Choose a color palette as well. Color has meaning. Use your color palette to convey information.
  4. Look for inspiration in other visualizations, graphics, or illustrations. It’s okay to draw upon techniques used by others.
  5. Don’t think of your graphic as art. Aesthetic quality is important, as is beauty, but it’s not the goal – you’re looking to communicate information.

National Geographic's Big Idea explores cool new thinking and innovative ways of approaching our world across a wide range of subjects – from energy to health care, from the ocean to space, from Africa to Astoria.

Highly visual, often employing infographics, photography, and custom illustrations to represent the ideas, The Big Idea provides a wealth of inspiration.