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Infographics Galore!

Published on Wed, 11/01/2017 - 01:53pm

Who doesn’t love a good infographic? Even if you don’t know the term, most of us have seen a pie chart or a bar graph—these are types of infographics. The Oxford English Dictionary defines an infographic as “a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data in an easily understandable form.” Though the word “infographic” first came into being in the late 70s and entered the popular lexicon within the past 20 years, these types of visual aids have been around for centuries. In 1786, William Playfair published the first data graphs in his book The Commercial and Political Atlas. Florence Nightingale used infographics in the 19th Century to persuade England to improve its military hospitals.

One of MCPL’s newest databases, Statista, provides hundreds of infographics created using data from surveys, government statistics, and other sources of information. These infographics are perfect for spicing up a PowerPoint presentation or blog post—or just impressing your friends with random statistics! I often find myself looking up topics of interest to see what Statista has to offer. For instance, my favorite company is Nintendo, so I wanted to see what kind of infographics I could find related to that company. Below you will find one of my favorite infographics on lifetime unit sales for various video game consoles. Who knew the Game Boy sold better than the Wii?!

Statista even has an infographic newsletter you can sign up for on topics related to current events in media and society. Just by glancing at these visual aids for a few seconds, I am able to gather most of the relevant information I would have had to read in a few paragraphs of a newspaper article. Infographics get the point across quickly and effortlessly without requiring much reading—this is why they work so well for PowerPoint presentations! The infographics in Statista can be downloaded as image files and saved to your computer, allowing you to import professionally made charts, graphs, and other visual aids that add an extra coat of polish to your slide deck.

I encourage you to take a look at the beautiful works of information art you can find in Statista.

Tell us about your favorite infographics in the comments!

--Kelly Head
Business Information Librarian

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