We all know how effective an infographic can be for conveying a message, promoting a product or making people aware of a particular thing. Many of us feel like designing it on our own. But doing so is not at all easy. Especially, if you are looking for ways to become a professional in the field, you need to follow a few steps to design it which are discussed below:
1. Cultivating the Skills: To become an infographic designer, you need to cultivate certain skills. For this, you need proper training which can be provided to you by the following:
- Planet Photoshop: It offers free tutorials and videos from where you can learn graphic designing. This will be of great help for the information graphics designer. They specialize in teaching how to create certain visual effects such as zoom effect. It has a very effective tool called “pen tool” which you can use.
- Udacity: This is a great platform for the budding graphic designers to nurture their skills. Apart from the instructional videos, their courses will provide you with exercises and projects.
- Treehouse: It provides paid tutorials on graphic designing and photoshop. It makes you deft at using different layers, masks, and type tools.
- Absolute Cross: This is another place where you can take tutorials on graphic designing and develop your skills as an infographic designer.
2. Gathering Relevant Information: A good infographic has to equally important parts: design and data. If any of both is low quality, then the overall quality of the whole work will be diminished. The data collection can be tricky and you need to be sure that your sources are trustable. The best/quicker/cheaper tool you can use here is obvious: Google. Try to collect as many facts as you can but make sure that they don’t seem to be irrelevant, overused, false, etc.
A simple ‘facts about [topic] ‘ or ‘stats about [topic] ‘ query should help. Bear in mind that it is appropiate that you add the data sources at the bottom of your infographics, and your work wil less trustworthy if your sources are unauthoritative sites. To avoid this, you could apply this easy logic to the gathered facts:
3. The Right Tool: To create a good piece of graphic information, you need to use the right tools. There are a lot of free as well as paid tools available which help in designing an attractive one. Some of them are listed below:
- Adobe Illustrator: It is a tool widely used by professionals to design complex graphics. One great thing about Illustrator is that you can access all your assets inside the app.
- Lightroom: This synchronizes well with computer, tablets, and laptops and helps you to create extraordinary
- Inkscape: It is a professional quality vector designing software that supports different operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and Mac Os X.
- Photoshop: This needs little introduction. Adobe Photoshop is widely used to serve multiple applications related to graphic designing. Even the professional infographic designers use it for their projects.
4. Setting the Portfolio: Next, it is time create and set your portfolio. There is no need to add real jobs, You can add works that you have created ad-hoc for your portfolio, as a way to showcase your skills. This is important since it will make you known to your buyers -think of it as a business card-. Here are the most important online portfolio sites:
- Carbonmade: If you are looking for the right place to design your portfolio, look no further than Carbonmade. It is extremely easy to use, and any layman can develop his or her portfolio using it.
- Dunked: It will relive you of the arduous tasks of creating an online portfolio and also help you to maintain it.
- Viewbook: It provides a designing interface using which you can create a portfolio for yourself.
- Behance: It helps in creating a portfolio as well as showcasing it.
5. Finding jobs: Finally, when you want your skills to be channelized in a professional way, you can find your first infographic gigs using online freelance platforms. Note that most of the jobs you will find on those are low paid and they sites will be charging you for every gig you accept, but it is a good way to start working and nurturing your professional portfolio.
So, go out there, learn how to use the tools, practice, practice and pratice, build a portfolio, unlock your creativity and become a professional infographic designer!