It’s Easy To Become An Infographic Expert

If you’re anything like me you love a good infographic; so much useful data in such a visually attractive medium is always a joy. To that end, Palm Beach Opera Director of Marketing & PR, Ceci Dadisman, put together a great infographic for the organization’s 50th Season that is simply fabulous. So much so that Kivi Leroux Miller is publishing a multi-part series about it over at the Nonprofit Marketing guide.com. But what can you do to kick off the infographic creative process?

empty boardFortunately, I ran across another terrific tool over at lifehacker.com a few weeks ago and have been looking for a good excuse to mention it. Written by Alan Henry, How to Choose the Best Chart for Your Data delivers precisely what it promises; moreover, it has a few handy flow charts built into the process.

It is a great guide for those who get easily overwhelmed with where to start the charting process or for anyone the charting equivalent of writer’s block. Moreover, it can help make short work of piecing together all of the random bits of info in your head trying to coalesce into the perfect infographic.

Between Dadisman, Leroux Miller, and Henry, you should have all the inspiration and guidance you need to jump in with confidence and start having some fun producing increasingly awesome infographics that you can use at your website, print material, and just about anywhere else you can think of.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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