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By Shira Gotshalk | Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Infographics: Visualizing relationships

Knowledge is power, but visual representation of data tells a far more powerful story than flat data on a spreadsheet. Infographics—also referred to as information graphics—tell stories in interesting and unique ways through the art of illustration. The good news is, you don’t have to be an artist to engage your viewers by presenting data in a compact and creative way.

Infographic example

Our new Infographics series covers the fundamentals and provides clear examples and techniques for creating your own visually compelling, data-driven stories. In Infographics: Visualizing Relationships, author Shane Snow demonstrates how to build a multi-relationship radial diagram to depict complex relationships. He uses Photoshop and a spreadsheet to illustrate connections between relationships, and he shares expert instruction on creating legends, designing titles and source credits, and adjusting the placement of design elements. Additional courses in the Infographics series cover Planning and Wireframing and Area Bubbles.

You’ll find that infographics make for a popular alternative to plain text or other traditional posts used in social media.

The lynda.com infographics courses are targeted at designers and bloggers who want to tell data-based stories through illustration, not data scientists or programmers who want to visualize data using code. So jump in today and create your own story!

Interested in more? • The entire Infographics: Visualizing Relationships course on lynda.com • All web + interactive courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:Infographics: Planning and WireframingInfographics: Area BubblesIllustrator CS5 for Web and Interactive DesignPhotoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals

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