Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tools, Tools and more Tools!

I learned a new tool this week... imagine that! 

As a MAIT graduate student at Stockton University, we are learning new tools all the time. This week in my Visual Design and Communications course we researched what infographics are. 

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. 

Below is an example a fascinating infographic!




Dr. Lee had us create a infographic of our our using a new to me tool called
infogr.am

This web2.0 tool is free, quik and easy to use to create your own infographics. Now after researching I realized there are bunch of sites that can create infographics and one is popularly used in our class, Piktochart.com


"Graphical displays should:
  • show the data
  • induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production or something else
  • avoid distorting what the data have to say
  • present many numbers in a small space
  • make large data sets coherent
  • encourage the eye to compare different pieces of data
  • reveal the data at several levels of detail, from a broad overview to the fine structure.
  • serve a reasonably clear purpose: description, exploration, tabulation or decoration.
  • be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of a data set. 

Graphics reveal data. Indeed graphics can be more precise and revealing than conventional statistical computations." - wikipedia

Below is the example of my infographic I created for Visual Design



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