Information graphics (or infographics) and data visualizations use illustrations and other imagery to communicate concepts, data, statistics and other information. Infographics are used for anything from road signs to visual representations of the state of the economy. Often what an artist or designer wants to communicate is better said in images rather than words, especially when large amounts of data are being explained. This list of information graphics and data visualization blogs, books, online galleries and designer work is a small sample of what is going on in this particular area of the graphic design industry.
often features some of the best examples of infographics in the pages of their magazine. You can see some terrific infographics in the featured infographics section on their website
. GOOD showcases infographics from some of the top infographic design companies including Hypercat and Column Five Media.
chooses an infographic every day from the Internet to feature on their blog. They are committed to featuring "the most interesting, visually stimulating, and mind blowing infographics." The blog has categories including animals, crime, education
, food, health and movies, allowing users to drill down into specific industries. Readers can submit infographics they would like to see on the blog by sending an email to email@example.com.
40 Useful and Creative Infographics is an article that is featured on the Six Revisions website. The collection is described as "art meets science" and showcases infographics including:
- Coffee Drinks Illustrated - Drawings show the ingredient ratios of drinks like espresso, cappuccino and an americano.
- History Lesson: The Story of Beer - An illustrated timeline of the history of the fermented drink.
- Making Sense of the Financial Mess: The Global Financial Crisis - The categories supply, demand and spending are illustrated to explain the financial crisis.
Books on Infographics
Books can be a great resource if you are looking for inspiration or ideas to help with your current infographic work or other types of design projects:
are often a great source of inspiration and many feature infographics and data visualisations, regardless of the topic of the publication. Visualisation Magazine
focuses on data visualization and infographics. The magazine often highlights designers in the field including Theo Deutinger Architects, Pitch Interactive, Bradford Paley, Julien Bayle, Telegeography, Tom Gauld, Zero Per Zero, Quentin Delobel and Peter Crnokrak.
is a blog that showcases some of the best information graphics featured in magazines, newspapers and online. Randy Krum is the author of the blog
and also owns InfoNewt, LLC where he does infographic design and consulting work. Randy is "always looking for better ways to get points across."
The Behance Network allows users to create online portfolios to showcase their work. There are some great examples of infographics in the large collection of portfolios on Behance, including:
Dribbble is an invite-only design gallery that allows users to showcase their finished design work or their designs in progress. Dribbble has some excellent examples of infographics from a variety of designers.
Here are some examples of infographics on Dribbble: