A creative way online to describe and brand yourself in just a few clicks.
Why would you want to make your own infographic?
5 benefits of a personal infographic
- A creative way to describe yourself
- Upload it to Facebook and compare with other creative, innovative friends
- Use it as a desktop background, or as the base of your Twitter background image
- It's fun, only taking a few clicks and a few minutes
- It just looks cool
Now let's make yours
Start by visiting the online infographic wizard created by ionz.
(Don't speak Brazilian Portuguese? Me neither, so click the UK flag in the upper righthand corner of the screen to use the English version.)
Be careful with your choices. You can start over if you want to, but you can't go back and make a change once you've started.
Step 1 – Enter your name
Type your name. Use your full name if you plan on making the final result public. Then, click the right-pointing arrow.
There's a bug that will sometimes prevent you from typing more than the first letter of your name. If it happens, refresh the page and try again.
Step 2 – I am
Click the familiar girl or boy symbol. As you hover the mouse over either, it will pose for you. Once you make your choice, the site will also show you pie charts about previous visitor's choices.
Step 3 – My main transport is
I rollerblade a lot and that isn't an option, so I chose ‘walking'. That said, I'm sure most people will be covered by the choices here (not sure how many people use a helicopter as their main mode of transport, though).
Step 4 – I like to eat
I'm pretty sure the first one is a veggie dish.
Step 5 – I identify with
This one is just fun.
Step 6 – I have ? email accounts
As in ‘how many email accounts do you use actively?'
Step 7 – I talk more using
The post-click statistics seem skewed on this one. Maybe it's a cultural thing.
Step 8 – My favorite social network is
Step 9 – I stay online ? hours daily
Slide the dial to whatever's appropriate, but if you need more than 12, maybe you should stop now…
Step 10 – I sleep ? hours daily
Again, dial it in.
Once you make this last choice, a preview of the first version of your personal infographic appears.
If you click ‘Personalize infograph', you can change the color scheme and add your avatar. In the Personal Message box, add a short bio, perhaps copying the one used on your Twitter profile. If you have a website, include the url or at least, a shortened version of it.
Save the final image as wallpaper for your computer and/or:
- Add it to your website's about page
- Blog about it
- Upload it as a photo to your Facebook page
Here's what mine looks like in white, and you can click through to see the full size:
Cool, no? Another creative way to tell people about yourself.
Question of the article
Of all the statistics in the final infographic, which do you find the most surprising? Tell us in the comments.
If you like infographics as much as I do, you'll love my 33 Gorgeous Job Search Infographs and Infographics.
I originally published a version of this article on the terrific Personal Branding Blog.