Infographics are everywhere! And people either love them or hate them.
That said, many security teams have been asking about building infographics for awareness or communicating threat data to upper management in quick easily-digestible bites. To help with that, we thought we would tell you what we have learned about how to make infographics – as a best practice – so you won’t have to suffer through the mistakes we and others in the security field have already made.
So, at a high level, here is what you need to know about making infographics on security topics:
What are infographics & why are they useful?
Infographics are a visual representation of data and information; it is a quick way to look at a lot of in-depth information and get a clear understanding of it. They are used to communicate data in a way that is compact and easy to comprehend and also provide an easy view of cause and effect relationships. Infographics are visually appealing and are composed of three elements:
- visual (color, graphics, reference icons)
- content (time frame, statistics, references)
- knowledge (facts)
Best practices for building infographics:
- Simplicity: clean design that is compact and concise with well organized information
- Layout: Maximum of 3 different fonts
- Colors: choose colors that match the emotions you are trying to convey. The background should blend with the illustrations
- Boundaries: limit the scope of your information. Attention span is short so try to answer only one question per infographic
The main best practice we have learned is: Keep It Simple! Focus on just a few salient points and present them in interesting tidbits. Use templates, they are available all over the web for your publishing or office platform. Remember, the purpose of infographics is to peak interest in a discussion, not serve as the end-all, be-all of presenting data to the audience.
Let us know your success stories or tell us what you have learned about infographics on Twitter (@lbhuston or @microsolved). Thanks for reading!