Here's an example that shows SAS is more than just a tool to create analytic graphics - it can also be used to create 'cute' infographics! :)
An infographic that recently caught my eye had a fleet of airplanes stretching from overhead out to the horizon, along with some interesting info about empty seats on airplanes (see screen capture below). I decided to create my own version (minus the 'snakes' nonsense), using SAS.
I created a radiant color-gradient sky/background by annotating concentric pies, of slightly different sizes, and slightly different shades of blue. The pies are a glob solid white pies of random sizes, with the text annotated on them. I display these annotated things on a blank Proc Gslide.
Then the tricky bit was the 3-D fleet of airplanes. I created a rectangular grid of airplanes by looping through the desired locations on the screen, and annotating a text label containing a font character shaped like an airplane. I mathematically size the airplanes such that the ones near the bottom of the screen are smaller (so they'll look farther away). And to get the 3-D perspective angle, I created a custom (non-rectangular) greplay template that "squeezed" the bottom of the grid of airplanes in closer together at the bottom.
Here's how it turned out:
Note that the non-rectangular greplay template trick does not work with non-SAS/Graph font characters (such as the airplane character in the Webdings font), therefore I had to create my own custom SAS/Graph software font containing an airplane. To do that, I worked out the coordinates for the desired airplane shape on graph paper:
And then I turned those coordinates into a SAS/Graph software font using the following code:
LIBNAME gfont0 "."; data figures; input char $ ptype $ x y segment lp $; datalines; A W 100 200 0 P A V 85 75 1 P A V 85 85 1 P (and so on...) ; run; proc gfont data=figures name=figures filled height=.75in showroman romht=.5in resol=4; run;
I think the results turned out pretty nice. Does this give you any ideas about custom font characters, or trick/3-D effects you might want to use in your infographic? Feel free to share your ideas in a comment...