THING 17 – INFOGRAPHICS & DATA VISUALIZATION
Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.
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.