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Jan242012

The Cool Infographics 2011 Gallery...A Pinterest Experiment

 

Check out the Cool Infographics 2011 Gallery!  I’m trying an experiment using Pinterest to create a one-page, visual gallery of the infographics I post.  On this board I have pinned every post from the Cool Infographics blog from last year, and it makes a really nice, visual way to browse through the infographics I have shared.  One of the reasons I wanted to play around with Pinterest is that it displays the entire (sometimes very long) infographic, not just a square thumbnail like many galleries.

In general, I keep the 10 most current posts on the front page of the blog.  Once they scroll off the front page, of course their traffic and visibility drops off dramatically.  I’m looking for a way to create a live, growing gallery of the infographic images so these great examples of design can continue to be easily discovered.

Because infographics is, by definition, a visual media, I think people would be more likely to find examples they like and inspiration for their own type of design if there was a better way to browse.  I’m not sure that Pinterest is the answer yet, but it’s certainly worth trying.  On the down-side, I haven’t been able to integrate the Pinterest PinIt button into the blog along with the other social sharing buttons.  Their button doesn’t seem to work with the Squarespace platform I use for the blog.

I am absolutely looking for feedback, so please leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Reader Comments (8)

Good start at a visual browser based infographic library. Here's an idea: Devote each column to a category, like far left is time-based infographics, next one is data driven, next one is hierarchical, and so on. Just a thought, that may not work if you post them according to the date you blogged them.
Exactly what I needed! Thank you. My own "infographics" board wasn't cutting it.

http://pinterest.com/MATTorMAC/infographics/

@MATTorMAC
January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Hey, I love what you are trying to do with infographs, but I see some pretty big problems with both pin-up and your blog. The worst is organization, or there lack of. on your blog it's completely non-existent, I can't look through different areas of interest and have infographs recommended to me based on what they were about. I just need to randomly go back until I find a graphic that interests me. Sorting infographs into categories would help this a lot. Secondly, on pinup you've got videos and graphics in the same category. I don't want to watch a video if I google infographs, there are thousands of other sites dedicated to that. Instead, I want infographs.

That said, if you were to organize a video section I wouldn't be against it. The purpose of infographs is to make information accessible; people who search for infographs are thus looking for accessible information. Thus if you were to include another section that provided videos that explained problems and other things in a short period of time (the other trait people like about infographs) I think you'd probably increase your return rate.

realistically if you want to do this right you should build a site from the ground up. infographs haven't been tapped by any major website yet, and if you can make them as well you have unlimited content to work with.

here's an example of what I meant by sorting: http://dailyinfographic.com/

I don't like the categorizes they use, but you can see how it's done. avoid boring categorizes people assume they are already experts on, or recatogorize to appeal to the intellectual side.

MAKING INFOGRAPHS AND GOOD INFOGRAPHS

a good infograph is not in list format. A good infograph will follow a logical series of thoughts and reason while backing these ideas up with statistics. Infographs are not a compilation of statistics, rather it is a logical line of reasoning to proceed through those statistics to make a point. This should help you work on a front page that contains mostly good infographs rather then attempting to appeal to certain audiences and turning them off with bad ones.

anyway this is more then enough information to make a great website. glhf and if you don't I will.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLrone Marsman
It was a great idea to use printerest. I found your site through Printerest and it's just really a good experience going through all your really amazing infographs on that site. I agree what was said above. You should try to get it all categorized, so it would be easier to find things. Said that, I think you are doing a great job!
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhatsApp
Hi Randy, Very cool! I've been experimenting with collecting Infographics on Pinterest as well. You've got some great ideas here for making them more accessible. I follow you on Feedly and so you'll probably see quite a few of Infographics from your site on my Pinterest boards already. On this "On the down-side, I haven’t been able to integrate the Pinterest PinIt button into the blog along with the other social sharing buttons. Their button doesn’t seem to work with the Squarespace platform I use for the blog" My own blog inst' full force yet, but yeah... I had to code the Pinterest button into the widget myself.
January 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaun Jacobsen
Hi, I think pinterest is a great visual channel for sharing and I like what you have done. I concur with others that it would be great to have separate pin boards per visual category or even video clips vs images, etc.
January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Campbell
Definitely a great idea. Just started an Infographics board ourselves - http://pinterest.com/infotrustllc/infographics/
February 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

Sadly, there's no way to add organization or categories on Pinterest, and I'm not taking the time to make separate boards for every keyword.

I'm going to modify the board to be on-going, and keep pinning the images from the Cool infographics posts. We'll see where it goes.
February 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterRandy

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