How to Create Viral Infographics, Part 2: the Data

How to Create Viral Infographics, Part 2: the Data

This is part two of a three-part series on creating viral infographics. Read the first installment, on finding the right story, here.

Infographics, with their constantly shifting definition, are nothing more than a communication tool and can be abused just as easily as the 3D pie chart button in Excel. A strong infographic has a strong data backend, but that data doesn’t have to be numerical.

Data-vis communicates data. Infographics communicate information. Information can be data and data can be information. The bottom line is, your data should be solid, whether it’s represented by numbers, or by facts.

When I first started doing infographics, my sources of inspiration came from data sets that I came across. Federal unemployment data? Make an infographic. Economic trade data? Make an infographic. CIA World Fact Book? Make an infographic.

But then I started to realize that some of the articles... keep reading

Visualizing the Republican Primaries

Your political views aside, if you love information visualizations, you should be excited about the Republican primaries. They are a great source of relatively rich data at a decent scale, and hopefully there will be some good work that comes of them. The data has a time dimension, four different candidates, 50 states, 2,286... keep reading

A Visual Guide to iPad Prices

(click on the image to enlarge it; design by Paul Van Slembrouck.)   If you’ve been awaiting news of the new iPad, your cravings were likely satisfied today (whether that goes for your lust after an all-new tablet with tons of fabulous new features and upgrades, we can’t say).