Infographics are all the rage. Infographics, short for information graphics, are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. I have created two of them:
I create them by hand editing HTML and then view the HTML page in the browser. If I want an image-only version of the page, I capture the screen using SnagIt. Because I know HTML, this is easy for me to do. I don't spend too much time on them. They are not too fancy. On the other hand they could be worse.
Recently Technologist for the Office of the CTO, Shaan Hurley, shared an article with me:
Oh my, there are a variety of ways to make infographics.
- Many Eyes V2
I thought I would try some. I mostly used the defaults and tried to spend only a few minutes on each one.
I clicked on various links on their web site and responded to various automated email messages I received, but never stumbled upon anything where I could actually try something. I must have been doing something wrong.
As you can tell, I found Piktochart to be really tedious to use.
This one wasn't too bad once I broke myself of my Windows UI habits, e.g. Control-C/Control-V does not work.
Many Eyes V2
I was not sure how to generate a stacked bar chart with all years on the same graph, but for the purpose of this exercise, this looks more interesting anyway.
Unless I would learn more about these tools and put in more time, I think my infographics would make Google's list. Based on my familiarity with HTML, for now, I will stick with what I have been doing.
Visual representations are alive in the lab.