Infographics & Iconography - Data visualization

Course description

This is a one-day course in understanding, designing and using infographics, icons and illustrations. The popularity of infographics and iconography has grown exponentially the last few years. An infographic is a visual communication, which uses images and icons or illustrations to display a message with a very limited amount of text. Ninety percent of the information transmitted to your brain is visual, so it is important to tickle the optic nerves to get people excited about your data (Meyer, J.T. – Infographics for Dummies).


What will you learn

This project-course starts with the theory of infographics and a better understanding of iconography. It is designed to help you understand the power of data visualization and icon design towards the design of an infographic. You will do this in steps through different assignments during the course.

The following topics will be covered:

  • What an infographic is and what makes it attractive
  • Make the building blocks of infographics (draw in a grid)
  • Use effectively elements like type, color and structure
  • Draw charts and graphs in Illustrator
  • Visually improve your graphs and charts
  • Draw icons in Illustrator
  • Combine icons and illustrations in your infographics
  • Research for relevant data


Target group

We recommend this course to anyone interested in understanding, designing, and using infographics, icons and illustrations. For this course, you should have a good knowledge in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, since you will be asked to design and improve your own icons/images. Please follow the “Scientific Artwork” course first.



  • I liked learning how to make charts and the theoretical part was really helpful. I really think I will use them!