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Research Guides
Western Carolina University

Create Infographics: Information Sources

Student-based infographic checklists for data & design visualization best practices. Interactive examples demonstrate effective/ineffective use of visualization principles.

Useful Resources

Data & Information

  1. Chibana, Nayomi. “Bad Infographics: 11 Mistakes You Never Want to Make.” Visual Learning Center by VismeChart.

  2. French, Katy. “25 Tips to Instantly Improve Your Data Visualization Design.” Column Five.    Chart.

  3. McArdle, Megan. “Ending the Infographic Plague.” The Atlantic.  Chart.

  4. McReady, Ryan. “5 Ways Writers Use Misleading Graphs To Manipulate You.” Venngage.   Chart.

  5. Nediger, Midori. “How to Choose the Best Types of Charts for Your Data.” Venngage.  Chart.

  6. Oetting, Jami. “Data Visualization 101: How to Choose the Right Chart or Graph for Your Data.”  Chart.

  7. Ribecca, Severino. “The Data Visualisation Catalogue.”  Chart.

  8. Sharma, Nishith. “7 Most Common Data Visualization Mistakes.” The Next Web. Chart.

Visual & Design

  1. Budrick, Callie. “Principles of Infographic Design: Creating Hierarchy.” PRINT. Design.

  2. Chow, See Mei. “4 Steps to Choosing Good Color Combinations for Your Infographic.” Piktochart. Design.

  3. Chow, See Mei. “Should We Obsess Over Alignment?” Piktochart.  Design.

  4. Lin. “Minimal yet Powerful: Improving the Text on Your Infographics.” Dear Content. Design.

  5. Mighty, Kate Taylor. “The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographic Typography.” Design.

  6. Sanchez, Gonzalo. “The Key to Clean and Uncluttered Infographic Design: Managing Whitespace.” Piktochart. Design.

  7. Smarty, Ann. “How to Create Accessible Infographics with Venngage.” Venngage. Design.

  8. Tomboc, Kai. “Guide to Infographic Size and Dimensions: A Cheat Sheet.” Simple Infographic Maker Tool by Easelly. Design.

  9. West, Chloe. "Infographic Icons 101: How to Use Icons in Your Infographics." Visme. Design.


  1. Balliett, Amy. “The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design.” Smashing Magazine. Chart.  Design.

  2. Dengo, Sophia. “10 Dos and Don’ts for Creating Infographics.” Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence. Chart.  Design.

  3. French, Katy. “How to Fix the 15 Most Common Infographic Design Mistakes.” Column Five. Chart.  Design.

  4. Harrod, Thomas. “Research Guides: Infographics: Introduction to Infographics.”  Chart.  Design.

  5. Krum, Randy. Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design. 1st edition.  Wiley, 2013. Chart.  Design.

  6. Lankow, Jason, Josh Ritchie, and Ross Crooks. Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2012. Chart.  Design.

  7. McGuire, Sara. “What Is Data Visualization? (Definition, Examples, Best Practices).” Venngage. Chart.  Design.

  8. Meirelles, Isabel. Design for Information : An Introduction to the Histories, Theories, and Best Practices Behind Effective Information Visualizations. Beverly, MA: Rockport, 2013. Chart.  Design.

  9. Vengage. “The Ultimate Infographic Design Guide - 13 Tricks for Better Design.” Chart.  Design.

  10. Yau, Nathan. “The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design: Revisited.” Smashing Magazine. Chart.  Design.