Researching may sound easy: with a quick Google search, almost anything can be found. But the internet also holds some gems for when you want to get that social or trend based angle.
Here are the top five websites that make my job easier. They can also be interesting to play about with too!
1. Google Trends
Google Trends offers an easy to use search function to look up what people are searching for all over the world.
I find this useful for backing up a point you may be making and offering a different and easy to understand way of explaining that “x said this about y”. After all, everyone loves a graph!
For instance, I could use the above graph to highlight how Infographics had risen in popularity based on people searching for them.
An extra tip
Trends can be used to see what different countries are searching for.
Leave the search box blank and select a country using the drop down box.
This lists the top 10 searches for that country.
Topsy is a social insight tool useful for seeing how many people are talking about a certain subject.
I find this site really useful for giving your infographic that social angle when you want to get a feel for the buzz around a certain subject.
With the click of a button, you can see how many people are tweeting about a word or topic. The image above shows almost 9million people have tweeted the word Infographic.
3. Marketing Charts
Marketing Charts is a website dedicated to data visualisation using charts and graphs. It offers up-to-date and relevant charts to enhance your infographics.
This site is great if you’re looking for any type of statistic or percentage to improve your points, and the charts are easy to replicate.
One of the main points for me is that the sources are constantly reliable and always linked to.
4. The Guardian Data Store
Newspapers have been visualising data for decades, so what better way to learn from some of the best?
The Guardian Data Store holds a tonne of information and statistics on just about any subject.
I find this site useful not just for collecting statistics on a subject, but particularly for learning how the data I use can be visualised later on, giving me a feel for how I can format my infographics.
You’re going to kill me for putting this in here, but we all know of it.
Often dismissed by most that are looking for serious information, I find Wikipedia more than useful when it comes to understanding something I’ve never come across before.
Why can’t we use something that we are so familiar with, when it takes half the time to understand something than searching another way for it? Are we too snobbish for Wikipedia?
Okay, so it’s not a great place to source from, BUT it offers articles or websites that may otherwise have been overlooked, to give you more depth to your research.
Wikipedia is the first website I’ll go to when I receive a brief I know nothing about.
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