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DART340: Digital Illustration: Infographics

Things to consider

  • Consider the audience. What speaks to them?
  • What do you want your audience to walk away knowing? What information do you need to share to get them there?
  • What is the story you're trying to tell? Stories have beginings, middles, and ends. What are those for your story?
  • What's your call to action? What do you want them to do after seeing this?
  • Tell a truthful story. Many infographics are one-sided. Don't be afraid to share information that might be contradictory. There is a very fine line between editing and censorship.
  • Determine a narrow focus. A specific research question can help you & it would be smart to include on your graphic. Don't try to include everything about your topic, only what's relevant to your narrow topic.
  • Cite your sources, both of images and information.

Google Advanced Search for Statistics

Other sources of information

Government Statistics

State and federal government agencies are a great place to find quantitative data on your topic. Here are a few general websites, as well as some topic specific sites to try.

BEAM Spectrum

The BEAM spectrum is a way to think about how you can use sources for your project. What type of information are you looking for? What do you need to accomplish? Construct an argument? Provide evidence? Or just report basic facts?

Remember, not all projects will require you to use sources in all four ways. And some sources will help you in more than one of these categories.

Where to Find Articles

Each database is going to have a different focus and strength. To be succesful, you are going to have to try more than one of these.

Evaluation & Citation