Infographics and Iconography

A one-day course in understanding, designing and using infographics, icons and illustrations.
For: PhD candidates, postdocs, students and staff

Since 2009, the popularity of infographics and iconography has grown exponentially. An infographic is a visual communication that uses images, icons or illustrations to communicate a message with little text. Ninety percent of the information transmitted to your brain is visual, so it is important to tickle the optic nerves to excite people about your data.

This project-course is for anyone who is interested in understanding, designing, and using infographics, icons and illustrations. Project-courses are designed to help you to complete a personal project during the course.


A good understanding of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. If you need to improve your Illustrator and Photoshop skills please follow the course Scientific Artwork first.

Course program

In this course, you will learn:

  • what an infographic is and what it makes attractive
  • how to plan an effective infographic
  • how to make the building blocks of infographics (draw in a grid)
  • how to effectively use elements like type, color and structure
  • how to draw charts and graphs in Illustrator
  • how to draw icons in Illustrator
  • how to embed images from Photoshop to Illustrator
  • how to use icons and illustrations in your infographics
  • how to visually improve your graphs and charts

At the end of the course you will design your own infographic. You will do this in steps through different assignments during the course. You will receive a theory manual and a Dropbox folder whith several assignments that we will work on during the course. A useful reading list on infographics and ionography will als be provided.

Teacher: Iliana Boshoven-Gkini

Number of participants: 8-12