HistoryHere are some examples of traditional infographics - images that generally show sectioned data with icons, charts, etc. in a nicely designed and friendly story-like manner.
InfoActiveNow imagine an infographic where the charts, statistics, characters, etc. are animated. This might get a little busy or visually complicated. So instead, make the infographic interactive. On a simple level, we could let the viewer chose a section to animate. But more engaging interactivity goes beyond selection. Here is a scale of interactivity:
OpportunityThis is really just Interactive Media. We have been doing this since the days of CD-ROMs where a page has all sorts of little things to activate or play with. Infographics are beautiful - so nicely designed, so magical. They feel NEW. Using interactivity with this same aesthetic provides opportunity to build careers and help humanity.
- rolling over or pressing provides a little animation
- SEE arrows and toggles can reveal different information
- SEE sliders and dials can change data
- dragging items to targets shows related statistics
- SEE repeated interaction can simulate time
- SEE emitters can recreate data
ScrollingAnimating while scrolling or swiping is an excellent way to dynamically show information. This can also be achieved with a slider, dial, mouse position on a page for non-mobile and tilt for mobile. Microsoft does a nice job on their By the Numbers story information but it is primarily decorative.
The Holiday Card and Scroll Parallax show possibilities with ZIM and scroll parallax as do the Frank Los Parallax Banners.