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Ask DN: Feedback on design article

over 5 years ago from , Gravit GmbH

Hi folks,

We'd like to write useful articles for designers and non-designers on various topics on our new magazine. We've just published our first article here:

https://www.gravit.io/magazine/Nk7sWsdwg/Infographics-Here-Is-Why-And-How-Everyone-Should-Create-Infographics-A-Guide-in-8-Easy-Steps

And I'd really really appreciate if you could us your valuable feedback what you think. We're always open to improvements and would want to hear whats good or bad :)

-- thanks -- Alex

6 comments

  • Casey BrittCasey Britt, over 5 years ago

    I think the biggest problem is your blanket statements. "ALL companies should create infographics." "Try to make your infographic funny." This sort of thing should be avoided in all articles ;)

    After you get beyond that I think the content overall is weak. The examples are especially poor. "You could make an infographic about letters!"

    Then later in the article the reader gets to find out WHY this article is being written. Step 4-6... USE OUR PRODUCT! This is a poor way to weave your product into the process.

    Lastly your layout is really poor for these tall images. If you're going to thumbnail such tall thin images within your article, you need to wrap text around them or place multiple images side by side.

    I think a better approach for this article would be to create two articles. One that is just about planning for and executing infographics. Then you should create another article that is targeted at Gravit users (new and old). This article should be a guide (with screenshots prob) that outlines the process of using Gravit to create infographics. You can reference this instructional article throughout your general infographics article.

    /my 2ยข

    3 points
    • , over 5 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback. It was the first one we've written and yes , I hadn't been really about it myself but we're here to ask and improve.

      Thanks for taking the time to make such an extended review and feedback :)

      0 points
  • Christian BehrensChristian Behrens, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

    Articles like yours give the entire field of information design a bad rap.

    1 point
    • Alexander Adam, over 5 years ago

      Why? We are trying to give people the opportunity to learn more about designs (talking bout non-designers). What's so bad on this? However, we're trying to improve heavily and that's why I have simply asked for feedback, no click-bait or anything at all. Our page has enough clicks through other sources so really all I wanted to have is simple feedback on how we could improve for the next articles nothing else.

      0 points
      • Christian BehrensChristian Behrens, over 5 years ago

        Because what you advertise as infographics is nothing but noise and decoration without any real information value. Check out Edward Tufte's concept of "chart yunk" as an example.

        1 point
  • Ziyad BasheerZiyad Basheer, over 5 years ago

    Executing your content strategy is imperative to get right, considering that you have a good product.

    I happen to be quite talented at this, shoot me an email ziyad (at) ziyadbasheer (dot) com if you'd like to discuss further.

    -1 points