What’s the fastest way to learn how to create infographics?

What's the fastest way to learn how to create infographics? by @chimbrew

Answer by Andrei Cimbru:

Listen! If you don’t want your infographics to be mediocre you need to get one thing straight first.

If you want to learn how to create beautiful infographics, you need to learn how to practice storytelling.

That is the essence of all great infographics (or any presentation whatsoever). It’s the information you portray through a story, be it an analysis of a certain market or a certain progression path. The audience should feel that they have it clearer at the end of the infographics and they should think “hmm, I believe this should happen next.” They are inspired to continue the story, maybe even their own separate story if the information displayed was related to another matter.

Infographics should encourage people to think laterally instead of vertically. That’s why you have this overview of all these connecting elements.

I’ve seen so many bad infographics out there (I’m not going to post them here) with all these fancy arrows, perfectly designed shapes, forms with great colors that just confused my brains out and made me think

“Ah well, this was a big pile of… uhm, nothing”

And the worst part was that you could see that those artists and designers where seriously talented with a keen eye for details, but the overall infographic was missing that flow that made the whole presentation immersive and clear.

Remember, first thing learn how to create a engaging story. One of the many methods out there for you to practice this is watching Simon’s Sinek Golden Circle video. Or you could check Anna Vital’s work to get the idea, she really creates some great infographics.

Believe me, you can make the most boring finance data or the most average presentation seem so awesome.

Once you mastered this, basically you could use any tool to create great work. MS Paint anyone? But, I will provide you here with some great tips I collected along the way when I was making presentations for corporate groups or event audiences in order to have great visuals that stand out.

a) Colors

Learn what a color palette is and how to use it properly.

You need to have a limited range of colors that although might seem different, they actually complement one another.

Bellow you can see an example of different awesome pallets. *Credits here

Color pallets are created from a combination of HSV (Hue, Saturation and Value).

Hue represents the color, the wavelength inside the color spectrum.

Saturation represents how alive a certain color feels. Ranging from simple grey to eye popping color.

Value represents the light intensity, ranging from completely black to completely white.

Any combination of these 3 elements can help you create stunning visuals.

Other great examples of color pallets can be found here and here, although my main advice is experiment and get a feel of what works for you.

Check out these 3 great tool that can really help you experiment with different sets.

Palleton

Coleure

Collor

b) Fonts

You want to limit yourself to 1–3 font types in a presentation. Even 3 sounds too much but for example you could use one for the tile, one for the storytelling and description of data and one for footnotes etc. Depends on the work, lately I just use the same font everywhere, because I really like it.

Here are some of my favorite classic font types.

Roboto, Sans Serif, Bebas Neue, Helvetica Neue

You have to find a font that works with the theme.

For example, an infographic describing art would be better suited with a font that could be handwritten instead of a font that is more techy (this might go for computer infographics)

Great resources for free fonts can be found here:

TypeGenius -> shows recommended fonts based on an example

FontSquirell -> free fonts

FontFaceNinja -> a browser extension that shows the name of fonts used on a page

c) Graphics

If you plan on having drawings in your presentation, make sure you have them as vector drawings. Use Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape for any shapes, faces or environments that you need to draw. If you want to download already created artwork here are a couple of free resources I’ve used in the past:

Flaticon

Icomoon

EgoIcons

GraphicBurger

SketchAppResources

d) Context & Harmony

This point is about combining them all together. You need to match a certain color pallete, with a certain type of font, and a certain type of graphics.

Take the following two examples for creating an infographic about plants and tree types:

  1. Predominantly red color pallete, Bauhaus font, abstract shapes and geometry, maybe an 8-pixel block theme that displays pixelated plants.
  2. Predominantly green and light brown pallete, Sans Serif font (you are always safe with this option), and soft vector graphics of trees maybe with some natural leaf-like spirals that connect everything together.

If you chose option number 2, then you understand the idea. Everything needs to come together and this is what will capture and engage your audience.

Any of these separate options might be good and innovative, but a great infographic displays all these elements in a harmonious way.

These are the main 4 elements that you need to keep an eye on in order to create great visuals in your infographics. Great presentations take some time and planning out and getting to choose the tools that best work for you.

If you are looking for online infographic tools I honestly do not recommend them that much, because they are limiting the four elements I defined above. But if you need something quick ’n dirty these are the ones that have helped me the most in the past.

Easel.ly, free templates to start you off, which are easily customizable.

Piktochart, upload basic shapes and images. It has grid lined templates for easy alignment of the graphical elements.

Infogr.am, you can upload data from an excel and it will generate different templates for you.

Venngage, simple and easy to use. You can also insert animations.

Canva, not that flexible but has a huge library of elements to at least get you inspired.

Visme, haven’t really used this one but I keep seeing it pop up everywhere.

Remember, the tools in the end are not important.

Colors, fonts, graphics, context and harmony all wrapped in a well crafted story is what will transform boring data into beautiful visual content.


If you found my answer useful leave a comment with some of your suggestions.

I’m an engineer that loves deconstructing how humans perceive and relate to the world. More stuff here.

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As a software engineer, what’s the best skill set to have for the next 5-10 years?

As a software engineer, what's the best skill set to have for the next 5-10 years? by Brian Knapp

Answer by Brian Knapp:

There is only one best skill you need to have for the next 5–10 years and it isn’t technical at all.

Let me explain…

There once was a guy at a party talking to his friend who was an outstanding artist. He asked his friend, whose art was on display, “how do you make such great art?”

“I paint every day,” his friend answered.

Painting every day is the best skill you can have as a software engineer.

I don’t mean physically painting every day. What I mean is, you need to take focused time to practice your skills and learn something new every day.

The very best software developers I have ever met are constantly building something on the side, are always trying new languages, design ideas, and technologies. They are continuous learning machines.

They paint every day, metaphorically speaking. Just like the artist does.

If you have the skill, habit, or system of honing your craft and getting better every day, the small improvements add up to giant gains in knowledge, experience, and ability.

The field of software in particular is always changing and evolving, so the odds are you might need to learn a new language, framework, platform, or technology every decade or so just to have job opportunities available.

But, to say that one language, skill, framework, or platform is key is giving you bad advice. If you learn web stuff today and soon all the opportunity is in VR, well you might be out of luck because you put all your chips on the web.

I don’t bet on a technology or a skill to get me by. I have a system.

My system is to paint every day and improve my skills. Sometimes I am working on learning a language, framework, or platform. Sometimes it’s design, management, leadership, marketing, or other obscure things.

It all adds up to me being more valuable and employable over time.

Continuous self improvement and learning is the real skill to master. A particular technology or focus is just a detail.

-Brian

P.S. I unpack more ideas in Creative Genius.

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What are some interesting facts about the English language?

What are some interesting facts about the English language? by Anojan Thevaraj

Answer by Anojan Thevaraj:

"Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo"

The above line is a grammatically correct sentence in American English, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs.

Quoting from Wikipedia:

The sentence is unpunctuated and uses three different readings of the word "buffalo". In order of their first use, these are:

  • a. the city of Buffalo, New York, United States, which is used as a noun adjunct in the sentence and is followed by the animal; (Note the capital letter 'B' in front of this word and small 'b' in other words.)
  • n. the noun buffalo, an animal, in the plural (equivalent to "buffaloes" or "buffalos"), in order to avoid articles;
  • v. the verb "buffalo" meaning to bully, confuse, deceive, or intimidate.

Marking each "buffalo" with its use as shown above gives:
Buffalo(a) buffalo(n) Buffalo(a) buffalo(n) buffalo(v) buffalo(v) Buffalo(a) buffalo(n).
The sentence uses a restrictive clause, so there are no commas, nor is there the word "which," as in, "Buffalo buffalo, which Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo." This clause is also a reduced relative clause, so the word that, which could appear between the second and third words of the sentence, is omitted.
So, the actual interpretation of the line would sound like :
"The buffalo from Buffalo who are buffaloed by buffalo from Buffalo, buffalo (verb) other buffalo from Buffalo."
For a better understanding, let's use the word 'bison' in place of the noun for the animal 'buffalo', and 'bully' in place of the verb "buffalo', and keep 'Buffalo' as the city. Now it reads like :
Buffalo bison, whom other Buffalo bison bully, themselves bully Buffalo bison.



Another example for highlighting the importance of punctuation in English language :
"James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher"
This again, is grammatically correct in English language, but can be understood only if used with punctuation.
The story behind the sentence :
The sentence refers to two students, James and John, who are required by an English test to describe a man who, in the past, had suffered from a cold. John writes "The man had a cold" which the teacher marks as being incorrect, while James writes the correct "The man had had a cold." Since James' answer was right, it had had a better effect on the teacher.
Now, see the magic the punctuation makes on that sentence :
James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

Savvy ???

(Source-Wikipedia)

What are some interesting facts about the English language?

What are some useful skills I can learn in minutes?

What are some useful skills I can learn in minutes? by Aman Salecha

Answer by Aman Salecha:

Sending emails to your future self.

There is a website Write a letter to the future that allows you to send emails to yourself at some time in the future.

These emails can have anything ranging from words of inspiration, some short/long term goals or anything interesting that you want to convey to your future self. This technique is based on the principle that memories are less accurate than e-mails. When you read these emails some time in the future you would be taken back to the time when you wrote this email. You would realize that what has been your progress like in life from that time.

Did you get that God damn degree? Did you try to fix your relationship with your parents? Did you hit the gym regularly to get those six packs that you strive for?

You will start asking questions like these to yourself. You will become more accountable to yourself and feel pride or guilt depending on what you accomplished.

I have personally tried this and whenever I get a email from my past , I get goosebumps. When I open the email and read what I wanted at that time and what I really became, it really helps me to understand what went wrong and what could I do better to make my future brighter.

What are some useful skills I can learn in minutes?

Knowledge: What is the most interesting fact that you know and I don’t, but I should?

Knowledge: What is the most interesting fact that you know and I don't, but I should? by Kasee Sreenivas

Answer by Kasee Sreenivas:

Have you ever noticed these numbered triangles below the plastic bottles you use?

Do you know what the number inside the triangle represents?

I’ll tell you their significance.

  • Number 1 inside the triangle as shown in the above picture represents the plastic is made of Polyethylene terephthalate. (PET)

This plastic is safe for single use and should never be heated.

If you observe carefully, there’ll be a message on the cover saying:

CRUSH THE BOTTLE AFTER USE.

These are commonly used for bottled water and soft drink bottles.

Please don’t use the bottle after its expiry date. The plastic disintegrates eventually after the expiry date. You’ll end up drinking water along with minute amounts of plastic which is very dangerous.

SAVE YOUR LIFE


  • Number 2 inside the triangle represents the container is made of High-Density Polyethylene . These plastics can be reused and refilled.

Commonly used for detergent, shampoos containers etc.


  • If you see number 3 inside the triangle, avoid the usage of that plastic immediately. They contain carcinogens (these plastics are made of PVC)

Commonly found in peanut butter jars.


  • You can reuse the plastic if it has number 4 inside the triangle. These are commonly used as reusable bags especially for shopping.

Common usage: Grocery store bags, plastic wrap, dry cleaning bags, shopping bags etc.


  • Number 5 inside the triangle is the safest. You’ll find it in ice creams cups, straws and syrup bottles.

Common usage: Medical storage, food storage.


  • Number 6 inside the triangle is dangerous and number 7 inside the triangle is deadly. PLEASE AVOID

They are made of polystyrene and polycarbonate BISPHENOL A (BPA).

HORMONE DISRUPTORS

Continuous usage might lead to cancer, fatal heart diseases.

Common usage: Plastic spoons, plastic forks, water bottles (mostly used by athletes)

For those who are asking “TUPPERWARE having 7 inside the triangle, is it safe or unsafe?”

Here you go..

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For those who are asking about Wine glass and fork symbol printed on the plastic container:

A wine glass and a fork symbol is an international symbol for ‘party safe’ material. The symbol identifies that the material used in the product is safe for food contact.

You can use the plastic container if it has this ‘party safe’ symbol on it but if this symbol is printed along with number 6 triangle, be cautious.


You don’t need to remember those chemical names. Just remember which numbers/symbols (inside the triangles) are safe to use and which are not.

To sum up:

USE THESE


AVOID THESE

I don't know whether you know this or not but you should know this 🙂

Spread the message.

SAVE YOUR LIFE. SAVE OTHERS LIVES 🙂

Now it’s your turn to educate other people 😀

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Thanks Ashutosh Kumar Gupta for publishing this information in healthHNBT – Health, Beauty, Body, Fitness, Yoga, Diet and more and spreading the knowledge.

Did You Know The Hidden Secrets Behind Plastic Bottles?

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NOTE : For all those who asked me through inbox messages if they can use this information to publish it in their websites,

YES. You can use this information. I don’t even need credits for this answer but if you wish to give any credit for this information, give it to my Professor.

Dr. Abhijit Abhayankar.

He taught us. He cares for the environment.

The whole aim of this article is to educate people and reduce the usage of Plastic.

Thank You

Knowledge: What is the most interesting fact that you know and I don't, but I should?

What happens to ultra smart children later in life?

What happens to ultra smart children later in life? by Pratyush R Tiwari

Answer by Pratyush R Tiwari:

This is a story about two boys, one of them was a white boy who grew up in Chicago, he was a child prodigy, great at math. He had encouraging, loving parents who stressed on education and family.

And the other guy, he was a black boy from Daytona Beach who was abandoned by his mother, was beaten by his father, and had become a full fledged gangster by his teens. Any guesses on how they end up?

So the first guy starts school and as a resulting of testing in fifth grade, it was found out that he had an IQ of 167. He skipped the sixth grade. He had problem interacting with others, he couldn't fit in with the older kids, was bullied and he developed strange fears, for buildings and he played beside other children rather than with them.

When he got to high school, his Math classes were too easy for him. He would skip class and lock himself up in his room with his beloved Differential Equations. He finished High School at 15 and started at Harvard at 16. He was at the top of his class there too, there he was taught by famed logician Willard Van Orman Quine, scoring at the top of Quine's class with a 98.9% final grade.

He got a PhD in Mathematics and became a Math Professor at age 25  at UC Berkeley. His PhD dissertation was such that only 10-12 people is the USA could even understand it.

As a young professor at UCB:

His life took a turn when he was 27, he moved in with his parents and started living in a remote cabin he built himself. He would be later identified as the Unabomber and he spends 17 years making bombs to kill people. He was Ted Kaczynski.

The bombs he made:

All didn't end well for him and he was caught by the FBI in 1996.

Now for the second boy. He started his life in Daytona, his father was a salesman, his mother had left him when he was very young. His father often beat him and was later convicted of rape. Although he was a full fledged gangster by his teens, he had focused on sports, he was good at Basketball as well as Football so he got a scholarship and started college at University of Texas, Airlington. During college he realized that he would never make it to the NFL or the NBA. When he started studying seriously for the first time, he realized that he liked studying. He wanted answers to questions, one of the burning issue in his heart was: Why do the Blacks still lag behind?

He used economics to answer his questions and after graduate work at Penn State and the University of Chicago, he became a professor at Harvard at age 25.

He is Roland G. Fryer, Jr. . In 2007, at age 30, he became the youngest African-American to ever receive tenure at Harvard.

I hope you guys enjoyed the story!

Life is what you make it, being a genius does not define your life outcomes, you do.

What happens to ultra smart children later in life?