When Infographics first started coming out they were informative, few and far between. The early Infographics were something special. They took time and great care to create. But now…they are everywhere. I am not saying some of them aren’t good quality, but we don’t need an Infographic on every subject imaginable.
Seriously. Nowadays it seems like they are everywhere you look on the net.
Infographics Are a Crutch for a Lazy Writer.
Being a tech writer, I notice it’s used as a crutch for writers just to get an article up. The writer only needs to compose a paragraph, then embed a huge obnoxiously long Infographic. What happened to real research and journalism? Anyone can write four sentences and post a huge Infographic! I want real writing. Research and in-depth coverage. Also, chances are, the writer isn’t even creating the Infographic. They’re loosely traded around the Internet — stolen. With no credit given to the original creator of it. Pinterest comes to mind.
I wish when writing a How To article I could just throw up an Infographic. It would sure make things easier… But no, I carefully go through every step of the article I’m writing. I take careful screenshots that clearly shows the steps in each article. I carefully and intelligently explain the steps. I do research, I test everything on multiple operating systems, PCs and / or devices.
The way sites display them differ as well. I don’t want to click-through three views just to get a readable size.
Here’s an example of how worthless the majority of the Infographics really are. I created this using the site Visual.ly — it took 2 minutes to create.
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Incredibly interesting and informative huh!? There will be a test later.