4th post, Sunday 4th September, 2011.
Today I decided I wanted to create an infographic. Visually, they are a wonderful way for to peruse a decent amount of information very quickly. They are fun to scan and as I found out, fun to create! I wasn't sure where to start so I googled. This page was the one I looked at originally- awesome-free-tools-infographics. I was keen to create more of a flow diagram style. I had already used Wordle and recently acquired wordfoto on my iphone which I really enjoy. Out of those presented, creately looked like the software tool that I was after- except there is pricing involved. I also signed up for visual.ly which appearred fairly funky, until I "visited the create lab" and found the message "coming soon." Mental note: return to give that site a whirl! By now I felt like I wasn't really progressing in my quest to design an infographic. Enter TWITTER and a shout out to my PLN.@largerama was the first to reply with the same link as above (as did @dunphy a bit later), after mentioning this, Nick replied with this link 5-unbeatable-types-of-infographic-free-tools-to-create-them/ This is where gliffy was presented. Thanks Nick! I signed up and experimented with the design tools for a couple of hours this morning and then completed the infographic tonight. It is presented below.Click here to view larger image.
10 Things I learnt about using Gliffy:
- There is a free 30 day trial where you can create 5 diagrams for free. From what I can gather, the infographic remains public after the trial period.
- Save time by researching the information before hand. Have any images you wish to use accessible.
- Upload these images on the LHS toolbar (upload images). Also, spend some time searching for any relevant images using the search images toolbar (also on the LHS).
- It is easy. Just a matter of creating a background colour, dragging basic shapes onto the page (from LHS toolbar) and adding text. Images can also be dragged across and size manipulated.
- The toolbar at the top allows you to Grab items and move (hand symbol), point and enter. Add text and arrows-which automatically link and attach to several points around each shape. Easy.
- Allow1-4 hours, depending on prior skill and information accessibility. This one took about 3-4 hours as it was my first attempt and I was searching, saving and loading images/info as I went.
- Use a PC....Mac+Chrome+flash =freezing and inability to use all the functions ie grabbed only and pointer didn't work.
- When I was working away on the Mac for some reason I must have grouped some elements together and wasn't able to edit them. Until I found the help section with shape shortcuts on the top RHS of the screen. Very handy indeed. Control U = ungroup.
- The software saves as you go -very nifty and reserves your work in a draft stage until you are ready to publish. The program then presents you with various sizes of images, from thumbnail to Public diagram, as well as an embedded code.
- You are graced with a sense of accomplishment :)