I’m a fan of the infographic as a good way to communicate complex data and distill issues into an a more accessible form.

It’s easy to make a complex idea hard to understand, and it’s a cop out for academics to use this as an excuse to not make an effort (because surely this is their job).

Not having the technical skills is no longer an excuse.   There are a number of free applications.

Here are a couple of examples that have come  across my virtual desk this week.

This is one of a series of images that distills the independent scientific research into climate change into a series of easily understood graphics.  The rest of the series is on the site.

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While I believe using images is a good way to go, you still have to think through the message you are trying to deliver.

This one on online resources is a bit more ambitious and suffers from trying to stuff too many things into one resource.  Having said that, it’s a worthwhile site and I recommend you check it out if you are looking for free resources from some top US universities.

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So I leave you with 2 quotes to guide your adventures in infographics.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.  Leonado da Vinci

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.  Albert Einstein