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Using Images & Infographics in Social Media: A Bufferchat Recap

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Nicole Miller
Nicole Miller Team Buffer
Using Images & Infographics in Social Media: A Bufferchat Recap

Jaqueline and Marta from Piktochart stopped by #bufferchat to share their expertise about the importance of using images and infographics to convey information in social efforts. They shared their important resources and tips as well.

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Why are visuals so important in social media?

From Jacqueline:

  • Images, photos, & video takes content to another level. We know this from stats, but also as social users ourselves
  • We’ve evolved from long-form content (like blogs) to bite-sized social content. Visuals help tell your story, quicker.

From Marta:

  • There’s a reason why the fastest growing networks are visual platforms such as Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram
  • We’re wired to digest all that’s visual. Our brains process visuals 60k times faster than text
  • Our @piktochart posts that are accompanied by visuals are shared 5 times more than the text ones
  • We usually create a set of 3-5 images for every blogpost we write.

From the community:

  • “Visuals can leave a stronger impression, and help you stand out in the crowded mobile screen.” @b_wleung
  • “The brain retains images longer than words. Visuals are important for lasting impressions” @deevaprenuer
  • “Graphics and infographics are often a short way to get the article in 30secs instead of 8min” @slava_whirlwind

See all the great answers to question 1 here!

What are your go-to sites for stock images?

From Jacqueline:

  • I’m a big fan of @unsplash! 10 photos every 10 days. I look forward to the new curations. @mikaelcho and his team are great!

From Marta:

From the community:

See all the great answers to question 2 here!

What are your go-to tools for creating graphics?

From Jacqueline:

From Marta:

  • Those in @piktochart who are less gifted than our in-house designers use our own tool for all the graphic related work
  • Before I joined @piktochart, I used it for banners, CTA buttons, invitations.. Hate to sound selling, but it’s true!
  • I really like @canva too, their designs are simple and perfect for social media!

From the community:

See all the great answers to question 3 here!

What are your go-to tools for building infographics?

From Jacqueline:

  • Before starting with @Piktochart, I never thought I could create an #infographic on my own. It’s a really easy tool to use.

From Marta:

From the community:

See all the great answers to question 4 here!

What design rules are important to remember when creating graphics?

From Jacqueline:

From Marta:

  • Design process starts way before you create your graphic. Pin down your goals, audience & storyline first
  • If I could just name 3 key ones ones, it would be: simplicity, white space and alignment
  • Always keep your designs neat and clean. Instead of thinking what to add, think of what to get rid of
  • Nothing kills a great design like an unnecessary noise and clutter

From the community:

  • “Simplicity! Not too much text. Make sure the image makes sense for the blog post or tweet, etc. Brand consistency.” @mrstopham
  • “Make sure your design accomplishes the *business goal*, whether it is to persuade, sell, invite or spark curiosity” @alexandermania
  • “Graphics should be accessible to everyone (good font size, high contrast between colors, color blind friendly, etc.)” @lkcalloway

See all the great answers to question 5 here!

Where do you go for inspiration on design?

From Jacqueline:

From Marta:

  • Users play a huge role in inspiring our designs. We look into their problems & design templates that could solve them
  • Sites like @Pinterest, @dribbble & @Behance deliver our daily dose of design inspirations
  • When we’re stuck in a rut, we look into books like ‘Infographic Design’ by @SendPoints
  • Going through our gallery of featured Piktocharts produces lots of ideas too! https://magic.piktochart.com/gallery

From the community:

  • “I started keeping a design journal to save fave font pairs, fave designs, templates, how to use Canva grids” @debbiediscovers
  • “I go to galleries (large, small) & exhibits (inside, outside), listen to music (classical inspires more) or walk in nature.” @jgombita
  • “Brand Bible and successful global/local brands! Usually screen capture every time I see one that inspires me!” @justcallmelloyd

See all the great answers to question 6 here!

What was your personal favorite graphics project? Up for sharing?

From Jacqueline:

From Marta:

  • I like collaborating with non-profits, startups or event organizers and creating custom templates for them
  • One of the coolest projects so far has been a roadmap infographic we created for @sxsw that we attend each year
  • @sxsw is a diverse event with lots going on. It’s easy to miss things if you’re not organized!
  • We helped @sxsw by creating a custom infographic on “How to Navigate through SXSW” for their website visitors

From the community:

  • “Currently working on a new app. Their brand concept and strategy speaks volumes to me. I’ve loved working with them.” @taylormakk
  • “Designing a postcard that launched an employee safety program that significantly reduced accidents outside the plant.” @ideakid88
  • “I worked on some hand lettering at my last job that was really fun!” @wschlotter

See all the great answers to question 7 here!

Thank you so much for everyone who joined in on this great chat!

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