Faculty Academy 2012

Infographics: The Visual Presentation of Information

Presenters: Debra Hydorn

In his 2010 TED talk “The Beauty of Data Visualization” David McCandless  suggests that “Data is the new soil.”  To generate effective data displays both skills in visual communication and visual literacy are needed.  In the fall of 2012 I offered a new first year seminar on infographics.  For the first half of the semester we examined the cognitive, communication and aesthetic aspects of infographics. The remainder of the course focused on tools for producing infographics, including the on-line applications Vidi and Many Eyes and the open-source solftware R.  In this talk I will share what we accomplished in the FSEM and discuss future dirctions for the course.

Author: Martha Burtis

Special Projects Coordinator

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