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When it comes to sharing statistics, presentation is key.
Looking at a bunch of numbers on a spreadsheet or scattered all over a word document is not only confusing, but, well, totally boring. However, if you take these statistics and put them into a fun, colorful, and attention-grabbing infographic, people will start to take notice.
What is an infographic, you might be asking yourself. An infographic is any image such as a pie-chart that is used to show your data. It can be as long or short as you want and as loud and colorful as you need it to be. You can also use them to convey silly information like senior ditch day facts or more serious topics like gang violence in your community or STDs and teens.
Infographics are also a great tool to use in the yearbook. You can convey a lot of information without using up too much space. For example, you can create an infographic at the beginning of the sports section highlighting overall wins, loses, ties, and incorporating fun facts like, ‘how many times Coach Dunn walked off the field” or “how many times X did a victory dance after a touchdown.”
Infographics aren’t just limited to sports – you can use them for any topic. Looking to spice up the staff page? Create an infographic showing what teacher has been at the school the longest, who has the most pets, who chaperones the most dances – the sky is the limit on what you can highlight.
Before you design your infographics, you need to do some research and compile your statistics. If you know what type of infographics you want to make, you can start to flush out what facts and figures you need to hunt down. In the case of the sports stats, for example, you don’t have to have a reporter or staff member sit in on every game or practice and meticulously take notes. Instead, reach out to the coaches and P.E. teachers and see what stats they have on file. They can also give you insight into the more funny quips like the “amount of Gatorade the star water-polo player drinks before a meet” or something like that.
Once you have your information compiled it’s time to get creative. Employ a student who is into graphic design or an art enthusiast to map out and sketch the infographic. Once you have a rough infographic in place, you can scan it and manipulate it on the computer. Or, depending on your yearbook’s budget, you can use piktochart.
Remember you want to create something that is not only engaging, but informative and fun.
Have you ever had to create an infographic for a project? Do you find them informative and fun or lots of extra work? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.