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How is Cool Infographics different?
This is a how-to book for designers and marketers. With over 100 examples of successful infographics from designers all over the world, this book explains the complete design and promotion process. It's not just the great infographics themselves, but the whole package of topic selection, design, publishing and promotion.
Designing a good infographic is only the first step. For an infographic to be successful, you need to follow-through by developing a good landing page, promoting your own content and finally executing an outreach plan to expose the infographic to a wide audience. Cool Infographics spells out the entire process for CEOs, Marketers, Designers and Entrepreneurs.
Why are infographics valuable for businesses?
All companies want to communicate effectively with their customers, shareholders and employees. Infographics can break through the immense amount of data and information people are exposed to every day. Data visualizations and infographics provide three key advantages:
- Well designed infographics are quick and easy for the readers to understand
- Visuals increase how much information your audience remembers by 650% over text alone
- Images like infographics are incredibly easy to share online and attract more attention
Is Cool Infographics a design book or a marketing book?
Both -- Cool Infographics is a book about using good visual design as part of a broader marketing strategy. Marketing your company brand, your business model, your ideas, your products, your financial results, your business processes, and even yourself.
It doesn't matter if you are a graphic designer or if you will be working with a designer. The tips and strategies in this book will help you create engaging visual content that your audience will love. Although infographics are the focus, the strategies about developing, publishing and promoting content online apply to all types of content.
"That said, this book is a great introduction to the subject." ("Significance", 16 July 2014)
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Most of the titles though are of the tech sort and I think Randy Krum's book is as good as any for a broad overview of infographics. The seven chapters present a ton of information in easily accessible writing style. Predictably the text leans towards online visual presentation rather than print and one of the strengths of the book are the extensive weblinks (plus a brief commentary about them) at the end of each chapter, for all kinds of templates, graphics and tools used for creating designs.
I found chapter four on infographic resumes particularly interesting. This seems to be a coming trend though I found the samples shown anything but concise. Pages 178 shows a conventional typed resume and on the opposite page the same information interpreted as a colorful graphic. This visual was hardly the sort of thing any HR manager would be able to absorb quickly. Fortunately several companies (like LinkedIn) are exploring ways of presenting professional details in a standard visual format.
I think it's worth saying that this is not a book about the specifics of graphic design and typography in infographics, it steps back from that to present a broader view and like many titles about a visual subject takes rather too many words to explain something where a picture and caption would have worked better. I think it really would have helped the reader if the illustrations throughout the pages used good and bad examples and deep captions to explain the differences. The several dozen illustrations in the book only point out positive aspects and not what to avoid.
The book's product is typical for a tech book: largish type, wide margins for captions and credits, a reasonable matt art for the color graphics. There is an index and book list with only eight titles and surprisingly it doesn't include the enormous, 480 page Information Graphics from Taschen. It also didn't include a small chunky book that reproduces several hundred Snapshots from USA Today: USA TODAY Snapshots®: More Than 2,000 Facts and Figures on Life, Love, Money, and Sports!. These really are ultimate infographics: very concise and beautifully designed. A recently published fascinating book entirely based on infographics is: Around the World: The Atlas for Today.
Randy Krum's book is the ideal guide if you are starting out in infographics.
As expected, the book is incredibly well designed, with clean lines, eye-popping graphics, and easy to follow links. As a career development professional, I especially enjoyed the infographic resume section, and geeked out over the math instruction that detailed how to calculate the relative size of a circle in an infographic, based on area, not just width.
Overall, this is a great book not just for visual designers, but also stat fans, information geeks, and online marketers. Check it out.