I am an infographic newbie. (Mostly.)
I first tried one out last week in my Digital Design Club. In the spirit of getting to know one another better, while simultaneously teaching safe online sharing, I asked the students to create an All About Me Infographic using a template from Piktochart. I played around with it a little before giving them this task, of course, but my playing around was more along the lines of how to…
- edit text boxes
- insert a head shot
- change graphics/colours/fonts
- share and export
In other words, this Tech Integrator focussed on the Tech side of things…or the graphic in infographic.
I didn’t spend too long thinking about the information side of the equation (not to mention design) And that, I quickly realised, is at least half of the battle:
“What should I put down?” “What do you want to know?” “But I only know one language.” (in reference to the template’s graphic representation of language spoken) was heard throughout the room.
Later, giving it a second go myself, I scratched my head wondering what to share and how to best to show that graphically.
I have spent a good deal of time thinking about design elements when creating presentations or possible infographics…And this visual does it very nicely…but it’s the what to share aspect of creating an infographic that is challenging, and needs just as much time as the how.
As fellow Coetailer Christopher Panna describes in his post :
“They were initially excited at the opportunity to use this format, until they realised it would be just as much work as a writing project. Sketching a concept for their graphic, using the right kinds of charts, visuals, and colours, PLUS doing the research was no small task. “
He offers a book recommendation- Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures where the first line of the promotional tag gave me a #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm kind of thought.
“There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it.”
People often describe the ability to teach (well) in the same terms.
So…I realised I sometimes get lost in the tech side of things and focus more on teaching the tool than on how to best use it to teach something arguably more important.
20 Minute Teaching Time Limit Dilemma…this is an After School Club, after all:
Teaching technical skills involved in manipulating an infographic template vs presenting safe and interesting information worth sharing about oneself visually...all while incorporating design principles?
The more I think about it, being able to present key information graphically/visually can be paramount to others’ actually understanding that information.
Just today I kept re- reading Google Support to check sharing settings when sharing things with colleagues vs students vs blog. But it wasn’t until I saw this visual grid comparing each sharing setting that it suddenly became clear:
Finally, this is a bit random, but here are some more #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmm moments I had while perusing this week’s readings:
- This resume from 9 Dynamic Digital Resumes That Stand Out From the Crowd : A google map tracking career path, personal and professional highlights, interests. Ridiculously clever. And Top 9 is okay, too.
- This infographic showing How Productivity Works. It visually compartmentalises different areas of life (mindset-habit-body-”life hacks”) and how all work together to aid or impede one’s productivity…(and I wonder, happiness?)
- This post from Seth Godin and the power of the words, “Here, I made this.”
“These four words carry generosity, intent, risk and intimacy with them.”
*If I had all the time in the world for this post, I would try to make an infographic or visual representation of Seth’s currently-all-words-concept. Perhaps that’s my final project.