Infographics

Virtual reality is an interesting medium to present information in an engaging and immersive way.

Ways to use it

Most things that can be put into a classical infographic can also be built in 3D – and thereby benefit from the possibilities a third dimension brings. These infographics can be a nice add-on for presentations on nearly any subject. For example, in these forms:

  • Charts and tables:
    Give overviews that can be looked at from any angle
  • Graphs:
    Illustrate numbers with 3D objects or three-dimensional bar graphs
  • Timelines:
    Put a sequel of events into a three-dimensional timeline

One caveat:
A lot – but not everything is better in 3D. Especially with complex topics, a three-dimensional infographic might be more confusing than a flat one.

Information

Complexity

Complexity between medium and high.

Benefits

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Train to process and display information

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Foster divergent thinking

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Practice spatial thinking

What you need

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Examples

Preview image of the 'World population graph' space.

World population graph

A 3D bar chart showing how the world population is distributed among the continents

Preview image of the 'Soccer World Cup Winners' space.

Soccer World Cup Winners

An overview of the winners of the Soccer World Cups for both men and women

Preview image of the 'EU timeline' space.

EU timeline

An infographic that shows the evolution of the European Union between 1958 and 2016

How to do it

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As long as you don’t chose a background landscape, there will be a grid on the floor. This is useful for aligning objects in CoSpaces.

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If you work with numbers and proportions, you will find the scale controls in the object menu helpful. They come with a number that shows if the object has its default size (=1), double its size (=2) or is only half the size (=0.5). With the flexible objects, you have additional size controls for each dimension – such as, length, width and height. Like this you can, for example, create a roughly accurate bar graph with the flexible cuboid.

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There are four different ways to add text to your infographics: You can put text markers onto the floor, set up information panels, assign a speech bubble to an object or give it a name. With markers and panels, you have the possibility to customize their size and color. Also, they will always keep their position no matter from which angle you look at them. Speech bubbles and name tags cannot be customized, but they will adapt their position and size so that they’re always visible.

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It’s different if you design an infographic to be viewed from the outside on a normal screen or in virtual reality. When designing specifically for virtual reality, make sure to have objects face the middle of the stage rather than one direction. Also, avoid hiding important information behind objects that might block the side. Better yet, check the VR version regularly while building.