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.

Lastly we will be doing a demo on Datavisual so you can choose to use either Illustrator or Datavisual to create your charts, graphs and maps for your midterm assignment.

Lecture Slides

Datavisual Demo Data

In Class Assignment & Homework

Reading: Pages 25-70

Finish your infographic poster design and print it out in Klapper 108. You will be presenting your printed 22″ x 28″ posters in two weeks. Allow at least 3 days for the print to be processed and printed.

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