Design

Timeline for Infographics Project

I hope this post explains what you need to know to work on the infographic. Do not forget that you can look at some of the previous posts too. I am not going to repeat content that has already appeared.

Infographics present information, ideas or arguments from a visual perspective. Here is an example. Notice how it combines visual elements and text to tell a story about teachers in the United States. It uses maps, figures, objects, numbers and words.

infographic Example A

Infographics do not have to be exclusively visual as you can tell by this example. The trick is to ensure they do not become too text heavy because that defeats the purpose.

So, with that in mind this is what you have to do:

Using the Opposing ViewPoints in Context database pick a general topic area that you find interesting. Remember, each topic area expands to include numerous sub-topics.

Remember – access Opposing Viewpoints in Context via the library website here. Remember the link changes depending on whether you are in school or not.

Each focused topic includes a variety of information sources. The database uses the following terms to describe these sources:

  1. Viewpoints (sometimes “Featured Viewpoints”): Extended essays taking a position on the topic (you are probably not going to want to use these because they are lengthy, but take a look if you want).
  2. News: Newspaper (international in scope) articles on your topic. You might find interesting things worth quoting here.
  3. Academic Journals: Scholarly articles on your topic. You will probably not want to use these but feel free to look.
  4. Statistics: Usually graphics (charts, graphs, etc.) or tables related to something on your topic. This is very useful for your infographic.
  5. Magazines: like newspapers, might provide some interesting information.
  6. Reference: Wikipedia-style entries that may prove very valuable to you when looking for data to express visually.
  7. Primary Sources: links to relevant documents related to the topic.
  8. Websites: External websites that have been vetted by Opposing Viewpoints.

If you did not do it in class today browse through the database and pick something that interests you. Find five suitable sources from those provided with that topic. At the bottom of each Opposing Viewpoints article or item a citation appears. Copy that citation. Prepare a blog post with the five citations and publish it by Wednesday evening at 8.

You do not have to have the infographic prepared for Wednesday evening. I am willing to expand the choice of infographic tool beyonf Easel.ly since many of you are having difficulty with it. This site lists several, including the one Milo mentioned at the end of class. Before you dive in too deeply, make sure you can adequately link to or copy your final infographic in the tool (look for sharing options).

In class Thursday, once your topic/source work is cleared, you can work on the infographic.

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