Though this list does not capture every permutation possible via infographic, it does list the seven common types that are used.

Map: Showcases data trends based on location

Best used to:

  • compare places and cultures via setting-centric data

view the complete infographic at Business Insider

Versus: Compares two things in a head-to-head study

Best used to:

  • highlight differences between two similar things
  • highlight similarities between two unlike things
  • prove one option is superior/inferior to the other

view the complete infographic at Geeks are Sexy

Timeline: Tells a story through a chronological flow

Best used to:

  • show how something has changed over time
  • make a long, complicated story easier to understand
  • show how one thing leads to another

view the complete infographic at Online College Courses

List: Supports a claim through a series of steps

Best used to:

  • support a specific claim or argument

84 Signs You Have Celiac Disease (Infographic)

via MindBodyGreen

Flowchart: Provides a specialized answer to a question via reader choices

Best used to:

  • provide personalized answers for readers
  • showcase how multiple situations can reach the same conclusion

see the complete infographic at Bit Rebels

Visual Article: Makes a piece of writing more visual

Best used to:

  • cut down on text
  • make a plain article more interesting
  • increase sharing potential

via TED Blog

Data Visualization: Communicates data through charts, graphs, and/or design

Best used to:

  • make data-driven arguments easier to understand
  • make facts and statistics more interesting to absorb

Image Detail

via Jack Hagley

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