I have made my first infographic! I’ve always wanted to do this, and now I’m happy to know how. I created this Citation Styles infographic on piktochart.com, and it was very easy to do. This is a very simplified version about citation styles (I just threw it together because I was so excited to make this graphic), but I could definitely see entire infographics devoted to each citation style. I like this infographic because I think it’s an easy and colorful way to visualize something I hear a lot of questions about.
There were lots of styles and fonts to choose from, and originally I had three different patterns for the backgrounds. They were all neat, but actually just created an eyesore. I changed the title tile to be the most colorful and then I made the following two tiles similar (though not completely matching). This would hopefully portray the idea that MLA and APA perform similar functions for different purposes. I knew that I wanted to do these two citation styles, but I didn’t know what I would be able to fit on this infographic (there’s really a TON more I could write in there). Instead of also listing the way to create an entry on a works cited page, I decided on the general purpose for each style, what the in-text citation looks like, and what the sources page is titled. I think that this will suffice for this assignment. Someday, perhaps, I will make a more thorough one (or maybe not–the rules are subject to change). Finally, I picked a relevant picture of a pencil and included it in the MLA and APA tiles.
Other than that, the process was quite simple! Here is my finished product: