Show and Tell Wednesday: Infographics

In honor of the Ruby Accountability Group as well as upcoming NanoWriMo season, I thought this infographic was appropriate: 


by Anna Vital at

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and never was this more true than now in the age of Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram and the list goes on…. And in this fast world of information overload, the power of the infographic cannot be denied.

Infographics can educate and inspire:


Illustration created by Evelina Yatselenko, via Funders and Founders.

Creating infographics requires a combination of visual art and information science–an awareness of how to present data in a way that gives an immediate read on first glance and then draws viewers in for a more detailed read.

While researching this topic, I found entire companies such as Funders and Founders exist that focus on creating infographics and designing how to represent data for company’s, speakers, and media outlets. And you know what? They have workshops!


by Anna Vital of Funders and Founders

Now I totally want to take this class. Thinking of data in infographics really is a paradigm shift. A rewiring of your brain, so to speak. And in this day and age, a powerful tool and skill to have.

I started Show and Tell Wednesday because I had a fascination with studying internet visual culture. What next? Novel writing via infographic? I’d love to see some favorite plots broken down in this way. And just try to search out some writing tool infographics–you’ll be amazed at what you find. Happy hunting!


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