Instructions for Submitting your Infographic

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Here’s what I would like you to do to submit your infographic.

  1. Reread the assignment and the rubric (on Moodle). Make sure you fulfill all of the criteria.
  2. Insert your infographic onto the Infographic Page on your blog. Not the blogging main page. A .pdf will probably be too large of a file. Inserting it as a .jpeg or .png will be your best option.
  3. As part of that same post, include your reflective memo as text in the post, not an attachment.
  4. Post your infographic as a .pdf in the dropbox on Moodle. I will grade and annotate this .pdf version. This also insures that if something weird happens with your blog and/or the file over break, I have another way to access your work.

Infographic Evaluation Questions

In your groups, answer each of these questions, finding specific examples to point out to the class. When you report out, everyone should have a chance to talk.

1. What’s the main argument in your infographic and how do you know?
2. What’s something that we can learn about approachability, transparency, or efficiency from this infographic? (Give a specific example.)
3. Where’s a specific example of one of the principles of design we discussed today? (CRAP)
4. What features of this infographic might be useful to replicate?
5. What about this infographic would you change or improve?

Infographic Planning Questions

Answer the following questions in a post on a new page on your blog, titled Infographic. We’ll also post your final infographic and reflection here.

1.  What topic (misconception) are you considering for your research project and why?

2.  In one sentence, state the goal of your infographic as it relates to the misconception you’ve chosen. What is it supposed to show?

3.  Who will be the intended audience for your infographic. (Think specifically here. Don’t just say “Anyone who is interested in…”)

4. Lessig writes that good remixes deliver a more powerful message than any original source or than text alone. How will your infographic accomplish this? Why will it be more persuasive to your audience than the individual sources you read?

5.  Which one or two infographics from the course text would you like to use as an example for your own work? Why?

6.  Make a detailed list of the data and information that you need to find and consider some ideas for the types of sources you might look for. The more developed this section is, the better you will be able to use your library time on Friday.

Conclude your post by asking for specific feedback from readers. What questions could your peers answer that would help you improve your idea or your research agenda?

Practice Creating Data Visualization Elements

In class, we’re going to practice creating an element for an infographic. Once you get your assigned number, read about the corresponding myth in this article from Parents’ Magazine.

Starting with a blank canvas, create an element related to your myth that could appear in a larger infographic that Parents’ Magazine might publish for their readers to dispel misconceptions about vaccines. You may Google for more data if you need to.

The goal of this activity is to get you familiar with Piktochart’s features and to help you figure out what is possible as you begin to narrow down your own topic.