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Infographics

This page gathers information for Lund University staff wishing to produce infographics to help their audience understand a message in media such as films, printed material or presentations.

What are infographics?

The term infographics refers to illustrations and animations used to visualise a message in a simple and clear manner. Infographics are particularly suitable to illustrate statistics, complex phenomena and facts. News media have included infographics for many years in their storytelling techniques. Brief explanatory films containing infographics are often called explainer videos. They are especially useful to explain complex conditions related to research or as part of a training programme. An explainer video can be a good complement to a news item. The content and the actual story in the production should always dictate your choice of infographics.

Examples of productions featuring infographics to a greater or lesser extent:

  • Statistical infographics (e.g. in printed materials, presentations, PDF files).
  • Animated infographics.
  • Explainer videos (combination of infographics and other filmed material, such as an interview).
  • Pure film (e.g. a news film in which single words, figures or diagrams can be included as simple graphics).

How to use infographics

Infographics are appropriate when you need to communicate information quickly, such as in a presentation or a brief information film. Always start by considering whether infographics are the right solution. The aim of infographics is to make complicated information easy to grasp – not the other way around. The purpose of infographics is not to “lighten up” a boring text or layout. They should provide an obvious added value for the reader/audience.

Necessary expertise

Depending on the type of production and the size of its intended audience, different expertise may be required:

  • Writer – writes the narrative.
  • Graphic designer/illustrator – produces graphics such as figures, diagrams and illustrations.
  • Animator – adapts your infographics for film or digital video presentation.

If you do not have access to these skills internally, you can engage one of the University’s procured agencies.
Go to the webpage listing the procured advertising agencies

Graphics guidelines

Productions can vary a great deal in appearance, but they must always follow Lund University’s graphic profile.

Read more about the University’s graphic profile here

The aim of adapting the infographics to the graphic profile is to ensure a degree of unity to the University’s productions – there is great value in the reader/spectator recognising the originator of the material. Not having to come up with new graphic expressions for each new production also saves time for the person producing the material. Pay particular attention to the following:

For all infographics

  • The Lund University name must always be included.
  • Font: wherever possible, use the Lund University fonts Garamond and Frutiger or the alternative fonts Times and Arial.
  • The basic colours in your infographics must always be Lund University’s profile colours, but you can complement them if necessary. Because the University’s pastel colours (pink, light blue, light green, beige and grey) appear too pale to be usable in infographics on many screens/projectors, you can use a slightly darker colour scale, see below. 
  • Do not use infographics for purely decorative purposes. Infographics are graphics with an information value.
  • Keep illustrations/graphics as simple as possible. Do not use patterns or structures such as shadowing, depth effects, canvas patterns or suchlike. Try to get the production to reflect Lund University – remember that white surfaces and space allow important elements to stand out.
  • Diagrams and images generated in research contexts can be difficult to render according to our graphic profile. They should be reproduced as they are, but always in a framework consistent with the graphic profile.
  • Where possible, include images of the Lund environment in your production – by filming or drawing well-known elements of the city and of Lund University.

Darker profile colours for on-screen infographics

Download an overview of the darker shades of the University's profile colours for infographics on screens/projectors (PDF, 565 kB, new window)

If you are working in the Adobe package, there is a colour file (ASE file) with these darker swatches available, which you can install in your programme. If you need lighter shades, use the normal profile colours and their shades at 50 per cent.

Download the colour file and instructions here (Zip-file, 573 kB, new window)

For film and animated graphics

  • Use the standard outro with the Lund University logo.
  • If the film features interviews, use the standard name tags.
  • News agencies/media sometimes edit out the standard LU outro with the logo. It is therefore a good idea to include typical Lund environments/buildings or logos in the background, in order to identify the origin of the production even when the outro has been cut.
  • Feel free to complement films and animations with supporting text and figures, as it is increasingly common to view films without sound.

Templates for name tags and outros can be downloaded from the University’s Image and Media Bank

Expenses and payment

Each project/production is to budget for infographics and illustrations exactly as for new photographs or illustrations specifically required for that production.

Page Manager:

Contact

Anna Johnsson
Communications officer
anna_v.johnsson [at] kommunikation.lu.se
+46 46 222 70 21

Clyde Lange
Communications officer/graphic designer
(Media-Tryck)
clyde.lange [at] service.lu.se
+46 46 222 74 70

Planning to produce a news film or explainer video? Contact: 

Johan Nyman
Producer
johan.nyman [at] kommunikation.lu.se
+46 46 222 70 11

Telephone: +46 (0)46-222 00 00 (switchboard)
Mailing adress: Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Invoice adress: Box 188, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Organisation number: 202100-3211

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