Infographic Design Basics: 3 Steps to Outlining Your Infographic

Do you prefer structure or going-with-the-flow when starting an infographic design project?

Whether you favor one over the other, an infographic outline serves as a checklist to ensure that you’ve covered every tidbit of the message or idea that you want to communicate.

How to outline an infographic

Here’s an infographic describing the steps in outlining an infographic. So meta right?

3 Steps to Creating an Infographic Outline
  1. Gather content and resources.

    Don’t worry about the nitty-gritty of your content at first. When starting out, you should have a good idea of its overall message or purpose.

  2. Create a wireframe.

    A wireframe is the “skeleton” of your infographic. It serves as your blueprint. You can use the usual combo of paper and pen, whiteboard, or wireframing software like Balsamiq. You can also do it in Illustrator or Word!

infographic wireframe example via Balsamiq

When wireframing, consider the following:

a. Make room for your title and introduction.
b. Outline sections and organize them in a logical flow.
c. Make space for images or illustrations that you’re planning to use.
d. Note which facts are going where; show how they flow into one another.
e. Collect and include rough renderings of data visualization that you intend to use.

Your infographic outline is like a recipe

Think of your infographic outline as a recipe.

It’s up to you if you want to follow recipe directions to a tee or add a personal twist to come up with something more experimental. There is no right or wrong way!

Further recommended reading (and viewing!) when planning for your infographic:

Need help with an infographic project?

Our infographic design service team can create a custom infographic within 24-48 hours. Alternatively, you can try our free infographic tool if you want to go the DIY route.

*Editor’s Note: This post was updated on October 9, 2018 for accuracy and comprehensiveness. It was originally published on June 16, 2015.

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