Week 5: Infographics and Data Storytelling

Lecture

Today we will be discussing the difference between data visualization and an infographic. We will also be talking about how design can help the infographic and when it can just turn into “chartjunk” and distract the user from understanding the data.

When it really comes down to it data visualization is all about clearly telling the data’s story. Because there are so many interesting data points available to us now, journalists are using this data as facts supporting their story. Today we will talk about how multiple data points can work together to help support an over arching story.

Lecture Slides

In Class Assignment & Homework

Reading: Pages 25-70

Write a creative brief for your midterm. Define the topic, your audience, what you found interesting from the data you have been researching online and what you hope to achieve from your infographic.

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