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Good Information by Janet Sauber

5 Components of a GOOD Infographic!



Students LOVE choice! Let's admit it, we ALL love choice! There are so many elements that can be used in an infographic. Give your students the list of elements and have them choose a certain number to include in their infographic.
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List of possible elements to include in an infographic:
data displays (charts, graphs, graphic organizers, venn diagrams)

flowcharts

generators

profiles of famous people

timelines

vocabulary

word clouds

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Now that you've decided to have your students create infographics, choose a few infographics to critique. Emphasis should be placed on content first of all.

*What is the infographic about?

*What information is being presented?

*What makes the infographic interesting?

*Which part of the infographic really grabs your attention?

Next look at design elements.

*What is stunning about the infographic?

*Is there any reason for the color choices?

*What do you notice about the text/fonts?

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Text
Fonts make such a difference on any document. The rules of fonts have changed somewhat over the years. Students should be encouraged to explore the use of different fonts, changing the sizes of fonts, and the styles.

The fonts you use depend on what you're doing, your audience, and its readability. Students often fall in love with script fonts or cutsie fonts (like Cool Dots) and want to type their papers in those fonts. Encourage them to use those for the titles or subtitles, or for emphasis instead. There are many free fonts for Macs and PC's. Just do a google search for 'free fonts for Mac (or PC)'.



Spell with Flickr
http://metaatem.net/words/

type in a word, then click on Spell. Click on any letter in the first example to change the letter to a different style. Use Command/Shift/4 to take a screen shot of the word. An infographic about the great state of Kansas might include the 'Sunflower' title below.

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Or choose flickr letters from here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/collections/72157594587080023/
Numbers are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lwr/collections/72157594587095340/



Dr. Jason Ohler speaks of using Visually Differentiated Text. Gone are the days of the drab look of the essay. Consider using all 7B's listed below to enhance any text.

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"Typography gives visual form to language."
Daniel Will-Harris says, the two most important things to remember about typography are:
1. Type is on the page to serve the text. It should make the words easy to read and provide a suitable background. It can be beautiful and decorative! BUT it can also call undue attention to itself or make it difficult to read.
2. There are appropriate and inappropriate typefaces. What do you want your message to convey to the reader? Choose a typeface that fits.