People think of Infographics as a viral Web tool, but they have a much wider application and a richer history. Recently, we have been creating Infographics for use in a variety of exciting offline applications, some of which I will be sharing today.
Even as a child, I recall Infographics in newspapers and magazines. Often they would be maps of unstable areas of the world, trying to explain to us North Americans what was going on visually (because so many of the place names meant nothing to us without the map). I recall Infographics that helped explain economic trends, because numbers would be confusing without a visual display.
Infographics really came into their own when USA Today was first published. That publication built a lot of its brand on quick and easy-to-digest news, which included visual representations of key take-aways.
To this day, Infographics are an integral part of newspapers and news magazines. In fact, there is even a blog dedicated to newspaper Infographics.
But for some reason, we talk about Infographics almost exclusively as a viral tool on the Internet. (more…)
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