The infographic was not going to be a finalist in any design competition. The font was tiny. The few colors just didn’t seem to gel. It was printed small with strange dimensions.
Definitely not going to find this one on any blogger’s top 100 list.
But that’s out of context. Listening to the evaluator talk about the infographic tells a completely different story. This infographic was greeted with praise by their client, who loved it so much that the simple visual report outgrew its original purpose and became one of their key handouts for the following year.
And now the evaluator gets to share her success with colleagues. Each one furiously copying down the instructions so that they can go home and try it out with their own clients.
Oh, and did I mention that the infographic was based off a free web template? And that nothing about the final product was different from the original, right down to the flawed export approach that made it low resolution and forced it to be printed small.
Even with its flaws, this is the very definition of a quick win.
Responding to an audience’s visual appetite
When an audience shows a visual appetite, there are lots of ways to respond. But it’s easy to fall into an all or nothing mentality.
“Well clearly our audience wants visuals, so we need to make a major investment in professional development and software. We’ll get there, but for now, just hold tight.”
Think about a crowded park filled with hungry people. One way to respond is to consider building a restaurant nearby. There is a lot of prep work to be done, but with all of those hungry people the restaurant would do well.
Or you could buy a hot dog cart and start selling much sooner, responding to the need.
The restaurant isn’t a bad idea, it’s probably a great one. But investments take time, especially major ones.
Minimum Viable Visual
Businesses like to talk about minimum viable products. These are products with low risk but offer the potential of a high return. Lots of times they’re bare bone versions of a product put out to test a concept.
We can do the same thing with visuals. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. See how your audience responds, this will help you decide if you should make a major investment.
My coming soon course is going to be filled with recipes for minimum viable visuals. Step by step directions you can follow to create something that you can use right away, not years from now.