infographic (noun) [IN-foh-GRAF-ik]
- a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge.
- a way to make dull and/or confusing information eye-catching and easy to understand: I saw a really interesting infographic about weather patterns in Siberia on Pinterest yesterday.
Though “infographic” isn’t officially in the dictionary yet, you’ve probably seen the word around a lot. You’ve also probably seen a lot of the long, skinny infographics so common on the Internet. While the Internet is a big part of what has made infographics so popular recently, people were creating them long before the Internet. About 32,000 years before, actually.
Cave paintings from 30,000 BC depicted (visually represented) what animals and other resources were available in the surrounding area (information).
Image by Plamen Stoev
But because we live in the era of social media, we’ll focus on the format of infographics that these websites have made so popular lately, like this one we made for the COPD Alliance: Read More