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  • Constraints

    While this site is fairly easy to use, it’s not without its drawbacks.

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    The biggest constraint comes from the simplicity of the site. The easy to use templates are helpful for the users who do not have coding experience, but they also limit your options. While you are guaranteed to end up with a professional looking product at the end of the process, you are limited to how much you can alter the design.  Charts, images, and graphs can be added in, but they can only be moved so much and you can only personalize them to a certain degree. For example, I wanted to use a map of the United States in my graphic, but the site only had a world map available.

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    The spreadsheets used to input data can also be confusing. While the spreadsheets are easy to find and easy to use in theory, there isn’t always much explanation of how to best take advantage of that source. You sort of have to play around with inputting different numbers under different fields before you get the product you want. Using Excel sheets to create graphs is a fantastic idea, as long as the user understands how that process works.

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    It’s worth noting that while you can insert different images to capture the essence of what you are trying to convey, they often do not fit the theme of the rest of the graphic. The graphics tend to be more on the cartoon side, which an image of real life contrasts with. It would be possible to take out the charts and graphs and create an infographic entirely out of your own images and text, which would combat the issue of your images contrasting with the information from the site. This approach, however, basically defeats the purpose of creating an infographic.

    I have to admit the use of a cartoon character to stand for the “account” button was confusing and somewhat off-putting. I would not immediately think to click on the one-eyed monster to access my account settings, but once you know what this little guy stands for it’s easy to log in and out or change your password. While I know the site was not created for professionals, it still seems juvenile to use such a character. However, it doesn’t negate the rest of the site.

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    You’re going to end up with usable, professional looking product. That said, the process of creating that product can be frustrating and the end result may not be exactly what you pictured.