This blog post is a part of our mini-series to bring you quick tips to ensure your infographic design projects are a success!

Infographics can be a great way to express creativity – however – like most great works of art, they aren’t created in one day!

Creating a timeline can be a great way to visualize how long this process might take, whether you are working independently or working as part of a team.

Although infographics have been around for a long time (recall: hieroglyphics) it is within the last ten years they have become more predominant. This means that some organizations and workplaces are not aware of how long it might take to create one.

One of the best pieces of advice we can offer is to track your time.

  • Did you have an hour brainstorming session with a colleague? Add it to your timeline!
  • Did it take you two hours to get the colors, lines, and shapes in the right spot? Make a note of that.
  • It can also be helpful to “sleep on it” and fresh ideas may come to you once you have had a few days away from your work. This might move your timeline from one week to two weeks.
  • If you are working as part of a team, consider other timelines you may have. Is there another project that will keep people from meeting with you, or keep them from providing feedback as soon as you need it?

As you are learning and developing these skills, it is important to communicate this to your team. If you have mapped it out and it looks like it might take a month from conception to finalization, express that! Remember, your time is valuable. Sharing that it took five hours to create the design (for example) allows people to compare it to other projects, and starts to build an appreciation for the hard work put into these masterpieces!

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About the author:

Kaitlin Roke is a nutritional scientist and is a content creator and consultant at PH SPOT/Infographics101. Kaitlin is interested in knowledge translation, integrating great science and evidence to improve health and wellness, promoting women and girls in STEM, among other topics. Kaitlin earned her PhD, MSc, and BSc at the University of Guelph. Kaitlin loves spending time outside and enjoying time with friends and family. Follow her work on Twitter @KaitlinRoke!

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