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Your First Infographic: Rapid Prototyping in Google Docs


Larry Buchanan
Journalist, Designer & Coder, The New Yorker

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About This Class

Although making an infographic seems like an arduous task, there are ways to prototype and create infographics using widely-available tools. In this class, Larry will walk students through choosing appropriate file formats for their data and then prototyping infographics in Google Docs.


  • Introduction 2:00
  • Setting Up Your Infographic 2:10
  • Understanding Google Charts 4:39
  • The Bar Graph 23:14
  • Geographic Maps and Bubble Charts 13:18
  • Telling the Story of Your Chart 1:30
  • Embedding Charts and Creating Forms 12:13


  • Explore different visuals to convey patterns in data
  • Choose appropriate file formats
  • Prototype a few different versions of an infographic

Prereqs & Preparation

Sign-up for a free Gmail account to access Google Apps.

About the Instructor(s)


Larry Buchanan
Journalist, Designer & Coder
The New Yorker

Larry Buchanan would love to debate the merits of your gradient-y buttons or argue with you about fonts. He's a freelance designer and illustrator who's designed things for Nike, ESPN, The Onion, Mashable, and the US Government. He recently completed the GA web dev immersive class, so he knows enough Javascript and Ruby to be dangerous.

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