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Introduction to Infographics

Useful Information/Articles/Books:

General Reference

David McCandless – Information is Beautiful 
(LDC has a copy of this book which staff are welcome to borrow - contact

Alberto Cairo:

More specifically for datavis:

The same author, Andy Kirk, is about to publish a second book:
Or just follow him on Twitter where he talks about the industry and what's happening.

For the basics of graphic design:



Despite offering you the opportunity to create 'infographics', what 'infographic' online tools do is offer up possibilities for graphic design, charts, and sometimes maps. The most popular two are linked to here. Compare their galleries and see where the work you find in them ties in with your expectations and aspirations.

The go-to tool for more analytical datavis is Tableau:

Another Option 


Quotes from previous delegates who attended in June 2016

'A very interesting course which made me think about the essence of communication; the who, what and why, and how best to represent this- which is key to my work in Global Engagement. Great facilitator, useful resources and an interesting opportunity to work side by side with research-active colleagues for the day'.
Emily Lim, Global Partnerships Manager, Office for Global Engagement. 

'The Infographics course was engaging and informative: I learned a great deal and can't wait to get started making infographics of my own'
Martine Barons, Statistics

'It was a really insightful event, which made me think about how and when to use infographics before trying to create some. I learnt a lot in a day, which I now understand to be essential knowledge in planning and creating infographics'
Sally-Anne Barnes, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research.

'I recently attended a new Introduction to Infographics 1 day training programme at the university. It was really useful in helping me to understand the importance of creating a storyboard for the effective dissemination of research findings. The trainer was very knowledgeable and shared lots of useful resources and helpful tips on how to develop one's expertise in using infographics to good effect'.
Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Research (IER)

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Introduction to Infographics

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