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Draw an infographic

By David, 7 May 2013 Activity

Numbers are very important, but they can be boring and hard to read. A better way might be to draw an infographic!

You will need

Writing on paper.

Write down the details of your home.

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Colouring in pencils or textas

Collecting data

  1. Write down the names of everyone who lives in your home. Write down every person’s age next to their name.
  2. Count the number of bedrooms in your home and write this down.
  3. Count the number of cars usually parked at your home and write this down as well.
  4. Write down what type of building your home is. It could be a separate house, a semi-detached or townhouse that shares walls with another house. Or, it could be an apartment, a caravan, or a houseboat.
    Drawing a box using a ruler and pencil.

    Remember that the boxes are 15 mm wide.

  5. Write down all the languages that people use in your home.

Drawing an infographic

On a new sheet of paper:

  1. Measure out boxes for each person in your family. Each rectangle should be 1 mm high for each year of their age, and 15 mm wide. So a 10 year old would be 10 mm high, and a 44 year old would be 44 mm high. Remember the rectangles are 15 mm wide!
    A completed infographic.

    A completed infographic.

  2. Draw each person inside their box. (Or next to the box if a child is 8 years old or younger.) Try to use up a lot of the space, but also try not to go outside the box.
  3. Draw speech bubbles from your family members and write hello in each language that is used in your home.
  4. Draw a home in the background behind your family. Make it the same type of home as your home (separate house, apartment, caravan, etc). On your home, draw one window for each bedroom, or room with a bed. So a house with three bedrooms would have three windows.
  5. Next to your home, draw all the cars usually parked at your home.
  6. Compare the picture you drew with this picture, made from the most common responses in Australia. How is your home similar to this ‘average’? How is it different? You can also compare your infographic with those drawn by your friends.
An 'average' Australian household.

An ‘average’ Australian household.

What’s happening?

Infographics take numbers and turn them into pictures. This can make it easier to understand what those numbers mean. However the process of making an infographic isn’t always easy. Infographics present information in imaginative or metaphorical ways. In this activity, height in the boxes represents age. This creates a picture that isn’t realistic – most 60 year olds are not three times taller than a 20 year old. However, if the infographic is explained well, then it is a good way of communicating lots of information while remaining interesting.

What is the ‘average’ Aussie?

Sometimes in the media, you might hear the term the ‘average’ person. This doesn’t refer to a specific person – rather it’s a made up person, who has a set of typical characteristics. In 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted a census of every person in Australia. Using this information, the ABS prepared a description of ‘the average Australian’. This average Australian household is made from many statistics. Most adults live in couples, most couples are a man and a woman, and have children. The median number of kids in a household is 2. We’ve made several choices for what kind of ‘average’ to use, so the picture represents an average, not ‘The Average’.

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