Here we go....
1. Collection: Collection of all the raw materials
for the infographics – such as PowerPoint slides, White Papers,
face-to-face interviews (multiple sessions), network diagrams etc. The
more details you dive in and expand on in this phase, it’ll make it that
much easier for you to develop the infograpahics in the later stage.
2. Identifying the objectives: Who are the target
audience? What’s their range of technical knowledge? What are their main
pain points? What we want to highlight to them? Its great if you can
sketch a persona.
3. Classification: Grouping the infrastructures into
physical spaces. Grouping can be done by process phases, physical
locations, activities or be cause-effect based.
4. Blueprinting: Time to draw individual groups
(pencil sketch) with the technical details. It’ll also give you a rough
idea about the space you’ll have for textual description or labeling.
5. Space planning: Basically – doing a collage i.e. sticking together different A4 size papers – the photocopies of the individual groups.
6. Planning the interrelations: Between the groups. How the groups will be connected? The best way is to work with a theme.I choose the theme of a laboratory, then defined each group (process
phases in this case) according to the theme in different visual
7. Go digital: time to draw the infographic on the computer; we used Freehand and Flash. Any Vector graphics editor should do the job.
8. Integrate: the purpose of any infographic is to
bring everyone to the same page and tell a complete story. Integration
of different elements to tell a coherent story is the most vital step in
the creation of an infographic.
9. Optimize detail: Add in the useful details, get rid of the extras, work out the balance between aesthetics and usability.
10. Labeling: Copywriting and inserting the labels;
this is a tricky part – you need to be specific and clear whilst
avoiding big chunks of text.
11. Coloring and Typography: Effective typography is
not only for corporate identity or enrichment of visual appearance, it
also helps you to represent the bound emotions of your graphics.
12. Iteration: Varying the colors, reducing the
saturation of what is less important and increasing it for the most
relevant data, modifying the typography, the size of fonts, eliminating
everything that doesn’t contribute to showing and clarifying the data
(irrelevant grids, redundant data, and unnecessary labels) without
losing relevant information sometimes provides surprisingly improved