Tell a story, make complex data simple, Other than the illustrated diagram, infographics tend to be abstract visuals. They compress information and make it manageable, so our small working memories can manipulate it and ponder it. They help us see information in new ways, which gives us greater insight for understanding and problem solving. A viewer doesn’t quite read an abstract infographic, as much as study, analyze and explore it. The best infographics can feel as though they are dynamic, even though they are static. That’s because the mind is zooming in, measuring and manipulating the visual information.Infographics use text as labels and for short explanations to make the data useful.
Uses iconic-type graphic elements for visual design appeal
Tell a story, make complex data simple,
SmartArt graphics add color, shape, and emphasis to your text and data.You can easily try out a variety of SmartArt graphics to see which one works best for getting your point across. An organization chart? A time line? A process with sequential tasks? Non-sequential items?
– Every infographics requires a well-connected layout. Have a few options and select the one that you think will depict the available information best.– Pick the right colors. As mentioned earlier, some colors have an inherent meaning and so do not try to experiment too much with it.– The image should contain minimal text that is required to convey the meaning. For the remaining part, the picture should speak for itself. So, it is ideal to choose not more than three different fonts.– use your imagination well and steer away from the typical charts and bar diagrams. People have seen these numerous times and it does not interest them anymore. Come up with a unique design that is eye-catching in every way.
What is my graphic about? Storyboarding (wireframing)Find or make a visual analogy by combining the different things your pictured.
Infographics/Infoposters (in PowerPoint)
Infographics Graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge Presents complex information quickly and clearly A mark, a symbol or visual element typically stands for quantitative information Color, size and shape usually provide the qualitative aspectSource: http://understandinggraphics.com/visualizations/infoposters-are-not-infographics/
Infoposters Collect a variety of facts & figures about a topic Communicate these facts & figures in an interesting, easy-to-read format Incorporates simple infographic elements Conveys multiple segments of information typically using words and numbers to represent quantitative dataSource: http://understandinggraphics.com/visualizations/infoposters-are-not-infographics/
Creating with PowerPoint Set up slide for poster: Slide Layouts (or Format > Slide Layout) & select Blank slide layout. Set the dimensions for your slide: File > Page Setup. Width 48” & height 36” (or reverse it, 36 x 48) Then create your infoposter by using some simple tools and design rules.
PowerPoint Tools SmartArt (List, Process, Cycle, Hierarchy, Relationship, Matrix , and Pyramid diagrams) Charts & Tables Text Boxes Shapes Pictures Clip Art
PowerPoint Tools Arrange: layer objects (e.g., bring to front or back) Group Objects: lets you flip, rotate, move, or resize all shapes or objects at the same time as though they were a single shape or object.
Design Rules Layout: well connected Color: consistent Typography: no more than 3 types of font Innovative: unique design
Visualizing your Topic Ask yourself: What do I picture when I think of my topic? What relationships or comparisons do I want to show? (e.g., numerical differences (age, quantity, cost, etc.), hierarchy (ranking, importance), cause/effect, before/after) How can I tell a story using these images?
Seminar Three Course Site: http://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/hallowell12/ Amanda Favia email@example.comITF, Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College