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How to create the perfect infographic

Once a fun and useful way of presenting data in an easy-to-digest format, infographics have been overused to the point that their reputation is close to ruin.

And yet the truth is that they are still a brilliant way of gaining shares and, more importantly, links back to your site. Our regular infographic roundup remains one of the most consistently popular posts each week.

The trick is to avoid churning out an ugly, unreadable infographic just for some cheap exposure, and concentrate on creating something genuinely valuable for a specific audience. We’ve previously blogged five free online tools that can help with this process.

At Distilled’s LinkLove conference infographic designer Claire Stokoe gave a talk on how to create the perfect infographic, and it turns out that the fundamentals aren’t that difficult. However getting it right takes a bit more effort.

LINKLOVE! Yahoo CEO in plain English campaign

Here’s Econsultancy’s daily roundup of links for your considerable delight. A special mention today goes to the no-nonsense Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, whom we’d like to congratulate for her commendable use of plain English instead of corporatespeak. 

LINKLOVE! A £420 iPad app, and a dress to match

In a stunning new development we have decided to launch ‘LINKLOVE!’, which is a roundup of some of the more interesting, insightful or weird links we’ve seen.

I’ve always believed that reading is 20% of the job for most internet pros, so here’s some juicy thoughtfood to help you keep your brain fresh…