Stick with what works

A lot of visual designers (of infographics or, indeed, anything else) value originality above most things. But re-purposing an iconic layout for your own purposes can often work just as well. So sometimes it’s more effective to avoid reinventing the wheel - and embrace the fact that someone else thought of a better way of laying out a certain type of visual information than you’ll ever manage to.

Like using the Periodic Table as a way of presenting the Elements of a Superhero.

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This science-based design (from here) lays out Origin Stories, Physical Powers and Mental Powers in a clear, well-structured way that covers just about every character under the sun – and clarifies the potential for new combinations.

Superman as LsAFSISpVxVh, anyone?