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Introduction to visual literacy
Why Visual Language
Learning about Visual Language
Some Tools that may Help
Flowgram on infographics
How they work
Infographics are designed to
help the brain
make sense of information.
"show facts that would not be tellable otherwise."
Alberto Cairo see delicious links below
Our brains love to think and memorize in visuals, also we imagine the relationships between objects and information in visuals, not in words. Try this – If I say
- what comes to your mind first? Does alphabets (P-E-N) appears first to you?
the actual visuals of the objects recalled from your memory. Also didn’t you just visualize your working desk? As all the objects (Pen, Paper etc) immediately made a pattern in your mind and formed a context your mind spontaneously visualized a ‘complete’ picture.
That’s why infographics are very effective tools for learning content design.
represent data in a visual format which is easier for brain
Infographics are visual representation of information and most probably the oldest learning and communication content designed by human being. From Egyptian Hieroglyphics the journey of Infographics started to visually communicate a complex concept document events or telling stories.
Modern Infographics started off as visual elements such as charts, maps, or diagrams that aid comprehension of a given text-based content. Today – in learning context, I would like to include process diagrams, concept maps, visual narratives, simulations etc. under Infographics.
Ask most people to read a 50 page report, strategic plan or proposal, or sit through a 30 page Powerpoint presentation, and their eyes will glaze over.
"Alternatively show them an exciting visual tool that brings the topic to life and shows them everything they really need to know - and you'll achieve a whole new level of interest, engagement and retention."
Characteristics of infographics from ulearn group
Dave Winters delicious tags for Infographics
Tips for Teaching with infographics
Add the search term infographic to your google
Learn how to link and save infographics
New York Times has some great graphics
Tips for making infographics
The start point would be to talk about what element would go into the graphic
by that I mean having a written or verbal description of a possible graphic without
actually producing it.
Organise the information
Simplify the information
Create redundancy ie make it possible to see the same informtation in several ways in the graphic
Not necessary that it is not challenging
Documents to read about
Joseph Kendeler compares Text with infographic
Two pages well researched
Quite technical has information about creating infographics
help on how to format text
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