Infographics are beautiful but not easy to create. Many online infographic creation tools like Venngage, PiktoChart, and Canva make it sound so easy. You just pick a template, make beautiful charts and visuals, and finally share it with others. It actually takes work to make a good infographic. A good infographic has a clear message, tells a cohesive story, employs exactly the right amount of data correctly represented, and uses design elements to support the message. This website, STEM Literacy thorough Infographics, is here to guide you in making a good infographic. It’s not easy but our resources will support you each step of the way.
Overview of the Process
When it comes to how you would go about making your infographic, there is no magical 3-step process. Most infographics, just like any good piece of journalism, takes careful planning and research, constructive feedback, and numerous revisions. The four process diagrams below are recommendations and summaries of what students actually did. You can expect something similar as you create your own infographic. Click to view a larger version of the image.
Real Infographic Creation Processes
These infographic creation process videos are screen recordings going over infographics created by CISL high school interns. The interns have been given in-person support for all parts of the infographic creation process by our colleagues at St. Louis University. In these videos, the interns walk us through their thinking and process of the infographics they created in their topic of interest. Watch a few to get a realistic sense of the struggles and triumphs of making infographics. (Click on the expand button on the bottom right corner to access video controls in full screen mode.)
More Milk, less Cows
August 20th, 2014
CISL Intern Taylor Morgan walks us through the creation of her latest infographic, “More Milk, less Cows.”
More Milk, Less Cows Early Design
May 20th, 2014
CISL Intern Taylor walks us through the early design stages of More Milk, Less Cows.
Numbers and Cows
April 18th, 2014
CISL Intern Taylor Morgan walks us through her number crunching as she works on her infographic “More Milk, less Cows.”
Video Games and Violence
August 19th, 2014
CISL Intern Blaise walks us through the first stages of his design and data source management for his infographic on video games and violence.
Dinosaurs to Birds
June 19th, 2014
CISL Intern Julian walks us through his infographic tracing the connections between dinosaurs and birds.
When do you really pay for tobacco use?
April 20th, 2014
CISL Intern Guadalupe Gaona walks us through her creation process for an infographic on the timeline for side effects of tobacco use.
Ear Buds and Hearing Loss
December 18th, 2013
CISL Intern Taylor Morgan walks us through the creation process for her infographic about Ear Buds and Hearing Loss.
August 18th, 2013
CISL Intern Taylor Morgan walks us through the creation process for her infographic on Zombie Bees.
Where did all the Shrimp go?
May 20th, 2014
CISL Intern Daniel walks us through and early draft of his infographic about dead zones and declining shrimp catches.