THING 17 – Infographics & Data Visualization 2019-06-27T15:19:05+00:00

Project Description

THING 17 – INFOGRAPHICS & DATA VISUALIZATION

Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.

                                                                                -Tess Flanders

What are infographics?

  • Infographics are visual images used to represent information or data. They are a useful way to convey material in a form that is both succinct and visually appealing. While the use of infographics is not new, they have evolved over time into something of an art form.
  • Infographics work best for guiding the audience to conclusions and pointing out relationships.

What is data visualization?

  • Visualization takes static visual representations of data to the next level
  • Dynamic (changing) visualizations can be created, sometimes in very visually arresting forms.
  • Visualization often allows the viewer (not just the creators) to manipulate some aspect(s) of the data
  • Data Visualization is best for allowing viewers to ask their own questions and draw their own conclusions, and thus might offer more objectivity (depending on the underlying data, of course!)

Anything else we should know?

Part of digital literacy is evaluating and thinking critically about the information we encounter. It is important to consider the legitimacy of the source and inherent biases of data behind every infographic or visualization, no matter how compelling they may seem.

ACTIVITIES

Create a simple infographic using Canva, a “freemium” graphic design software with free and paid versions.

  • Go to Canva and create a free account for yourself.
  • From the homepage, select “Find Templates” from the left-hand menu
  • From the list, select “Infographics”
  • Choose one as a model, and then look for green “Use this Template” button
  • Play with the different layouts, elements, and text options now available

More information:

How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: David Byrne on the Art-Science of Visual Storytelling