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Infographic of the Day II

2nd December 2011 | 25 Comments

Use the class rubric to analyze a new infographic.  Make sure to indicate where you found the infographic (include the link) and give an overall assessment of how effective you think the infographic is.

Rubric for Effective Infographics

16th November 2011 | 3 Comments

In class we reviewed a long list of characteristics of effective infographics, which were summarized in the blog entries in Part I of that activity.  From those summaries four main categories were identified: Usefullness, Legibility, Design and Aesthetics.  Students worked in groups to define the qualities or attributes of these categories.  The results for the […]

Infographic of the Day I

4th November 2011 | 28 Comments

Describe the infographic and where you found it (include a link). What data is provided in the infographic, who is the intended audience, what is its purpose and to which family of graphs does it belong?  Explain your answers.  What are “two stories” for your infographic  – one broad and one specific?  Describe the infographic […]

Characteristics of Effective Infographics Activity III

4th November 2011 | 25 Comments

Should our class rubric include only subjective criteria, only objective criteria or a combination of both?  Should we decide on a set of criteria where anyone using our criteria will evaluate an infographic in the same way?  Explain your answers.  Each person will complete a blog posting for their response.

Characteristics of Effective Infographics Activity II

4th November 2011 | 5 Comments

Using the same list of characteristics from Activity I identify attributes that you feel have a subjective component, that is two people might look at the same infographic and have different impressions about how well it meets that attribute, and ones that you feel can be evaluated objectively.  (Note that this activity is very subjective.)

Characteristics of Effective Infographics Activity I

4th November 2011 | 8 Comments

The following list of attributes is from your Rubric papers.  Try to identify categories for the attributes that consist of related characteristics.  This will help us to decide on a final set of attributes for our class rubric.  Try to create categories so that all of the characteristics are included in a category and no […]

Information Design Case Studies

31st October 2011 | 10 Comments

For the case study assigned to your group analyze the artifacts provided in the text usin the topics we have discussed in class. Things to consider inclued: Purpose, audience and data LATCH AIDA Font usage Color usage Realism Effectiveness Make sure to indicate which infographic (including page numbers) your group analyzed.

Visual Communications Myths Activity

23rd October 2011 | 9 Comments

From the “” website: Myth #1: People spend more time reading when type is large. Myth #3: Realism is best when you’re explaining things. Myth #5: People are generally aware of typeface.  Consider the infographics we have looked at so far and how they have or have not considered these myths.  Find three example infographics […]

Two Stories Activity

30th September 2011 | 10 Comments

For each of the infographics below, identify  “two stories” following the discussion on pages 68 and 69 of our text.  First, make a general statement; that is, provide a broad overview of what the graph is about using “pattern perception.”  Look for trends or an underlying pattern. Second, provide some specific details, using the “table […]

Cognitive Principles Assignment

25th September 2011 | 28 Comments

Cognitive Principles Assignment                        Blog entry due by class time on Wednesday Sept. 28 Among the infographics found on David McCandless’s website find examples that demonstrate the following cognitive principles from our text: Miller’s Magic Number, or chunking  Weber’s Law of Just Noticeable Difference  The Gestalt Principles of Perception  Information Overload  For this activity you must […]