Who can resist a colourful, thoughtful venn diagram anyway?
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information , data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization , information design , or information architecture . [ 2 ] [ edit ] Overview Infographics have been around for many years and recently the proliferation of a number of easy-to-use, free tools have made the creation of infographics available to a large segment of the population. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have also allowed for individual infographics to be spread among many people around the world. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, as well as maps, site plans, and graphs for statistical data.