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Getting the Word Out with Infographics

An infographic is an information graphic. Wikipedia defines it as a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. I’ve become fascinated with infographics – my last two posts have featured infographics.

Making an infographic is about data visualization. And I don’t mean boring charts or graphs. It involves visually stunning, creative graphic design.  When done well, an infographic is a good way to get the word out in an easily understandable and digestible form.

I find it particularly useful in explaining medical concepts to others. I will be featuring more interesting infographics on this blog as I find them. 🙂

According to Sneh at, an infographic has three important parts:

  1. Visual
    • Color Coding
    • Graphics
    • Reference Icons
  2. Content
    • Time Frames
    • Statistics
    • References
  3. Knowledge
    • Facts
    • Deductions

Below is an infographic from Visual Aid. In a simple way, it illustrates how loud (in decibels) various things can be.

I’d like to learn how to make an infographic. My dream is to make one using the National Nutrition Health Examination Survey (NNHES) data. Looking at the anatomy of an infographic, I have the content and knowledge parts – I’ll need help with the visual part. Any volunteers? The NNHES is our score card for chronic non-communicable diseases eg. diabetes, hypertension, stroke etc. We’re not doing so well. 🙁 It’s time to get the word out!


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