Step 1: Gathering Content & Resrouces
Like the annotated bibliographies you just submitted.
Step 2: Create a Wireframe
A wireframe is the outline or “skeleton” of your infographic. It’s a blueprint for developing it BEFORE you spend the time creating with a design platform (e.g. Illustrator, InDesign, Canva, Spark, Pkitochart, Easel.ly, Visme). I recommend using paper and pen or a whiteboard - digital or analogue - but there are online software options (for pay) like balsamiq.
But BEFORE you start, consider the following questions:
- Who will be using it?
- What problem/feature does this infographic solve/illustrate/ellucidate for them?
- What type of information are you trying to illustrate? If you’re trying to show something about data or numbers oriented information, you’ll want to use graphs or charts: bar or line graph, scatter plot, which are often used to show trends over time while pie charts show how parts make up a whole. Maps show trends of geographic space. A timeline will offer a quick visual of a history while a diagram or flowchart will illustrate a process.
- What type of glyphs (tiny icons that are representative of something) will you need to illustrate your point.
When starting your wireframe, you should consider the following:
- Determine the TYPE OF INFORMATION you need to illustrate (see above)
- Make room for your title/intro
- Outline the sections and organize them logically
- Make space for images or illustrations
- Collect and insert rough renderings of data visualization that you intend to use
- Start with WORDS rather than PICTURES but remember that you’ll want to make more pictures than words in the final design
A good design should be a good storyteller! And it should tell a story with images more than with words.