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Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad

February 8, 2012

“Francesco Franchi, a master of information design, describes how “infographic thinking” goes beyond pretty pictures, and creates an entirely different sort of reading experience that encourages critical thought.”  Here’s the article.

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  1. February 8, 2012 7:03 pm

    Interesting that they liken this to being a language of sorts. Perhaps another tie to the phrasing of “literacy.” Took me a little while to tune into his speech patterns. I do not have a great grasp on this concept yet, but I am taking it in…

  2. February 9, 2012 6:32 am

    Ah, infographic a feature of a visual language, and yes being visually literate.

    As I say in my other visual course, “Teaching with Visuals,” info graphics can certainly be used by teachers to present material in a visual ways, BUT the biggest value is having YOUR STUDENTS develop them.

  3. February 9, 2012 9:14 am

    I read the article and read a few more which were linked from the original. There was an entry on flickr about faddish infographics with infographic. The article about faddish infographic says ‘bad’ infographics give nothing but simple graph and color, just like a pie chart but ‘bad infographics make it look more complicated. What is communicating is nothing more than we can gain just looking at the numbers and what they are illuminating is just different font sizes. Then thee is an article about different way to represent density. That was eye-opening. Browsing web sites to get inspired on my infographic project, I learned the more is represented with “the bigger” images in infographic making. We don’t have to according to Fathom who invented “Dencity”. His infographic of world population, not only the color of dots but also the size of dots make us feel how sparse some areas of world are and how congested urban areas are. It is amazing. I will keep those points in my mind and see if what I can do for my infographic.

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