If you hang out on LinkedIn or any other social media platform, you’ve seen them: infographics – an amalgamation of graphics and text that tells a story or delivers a witty message.

Here’s one you might mistaken for a map:

Boulder is for Fun Map/Infographic

This example definitely tends more towards an infographic rather than a map:

Benefits of Regulated Marijuana

As a GIS Specialist, I don’t often think of my maps as “infographics”, but, essentially, that’s what they are. If I am more careful with my map designs, I might be able to convey more information than just want’s on the map.

Recently, I needed a map to convey the evolution of national and local fire planning policies and plans. Rather than try to color-code temporal data on a single map, I created a timeline:

While simple and not as elegant as the previous examples, it conveys some dense information clearly.