Infographics are extremely popular today and though a number of free sites on the web that advertise how "easy" it is to create them, I didn't find them useful for my needs in Church Communications. After many failed attempts and frustration, I turned to MS Publisher and was very pleased with the results. You can see the finished graphic at:
Infographics are those great images that help explain complex topics by using images, or as one definition put it:
"infographics turn data into information"
This quote comes from the site Cool Infograhics a (http://www.coolinfographics.com/) and it summarizes how useful these images can be. Infographics go beyond illustrating or decorating; they communicate by their combination of words, pictures and symbols.
I wanted to talk about this, first to provide a resource for learning about them and second, to share a useful one for Bible teaching that illustrates the number of New Testament manuscripts in comparison to other ancient documents.
Learn about Info Graphics from: Cool Infographics
If you want to learn about infographics, this site is one of the best resources. It not only features interesting infographics, but the commentary about each of them helps you understand what works and what doesn't.
Cool Infographics: http://www.coolinfographics.com/
Not as much training, but lots of ideas at: DailyInfographic
As its name says this site has a different graphic everyday on a huge variety of topics. Below is a link to one that talks about colors and branding. Though article doesn't mention churches, the color theory illustrated is very helpful:
"True Colors, Branded Colors" from Daily Infographic: http://dailyinfographic.com/true-colors-branded-colors-infographic
In addition to the article about colors, scroll through the site to find the infographic above on when is the best time to post social media.
Teaching infographic—number of NT manuscripts
Below is a great info graphic about the number of New Testament manuscripts as compared to the manuscript evidence for classical documents. For those who teach about the Bible, it's a useful resource. Below the image is the link to go to for it:
Unless you have lots of time—creating your own infographics may not be something you want to do, but on the web there are so many useful ones. Take a few minutes and check out the links—you'll learn lots.