ELC 010: How To Design Real (Not Fake) Information Graphics
In this podcast, Alberto Cairo, visual journalist, educator and author walks listeners through the process. He also talks about the cognitive aspects of visualization.
Alberto Cairo is a Professor of the Professional Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. He teaches classes on visual storytelling and infographics. He is the author of the book The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization.
Alberto has been a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and director of infographics and multimedia at El Mundo, one of the main national newspapers in Spain, and at Época, the second news magazine in Brazil. His website is thefunctionalart.com, and he can be found on Twitter as @albertocairo.
- Real purpose of infographics
- Importance of anticipating what your audience will do
- Listening to science when it comes to perception
- Types of graphic to use for specific goals
- Questions to ask yourself when planning an infographic
- Infographics are to be read and used
- Problem with using pie charts for making comparisons
- Alberto’s infographic planning process
- Principles for designing interactions
- Tools and resources for understanding and creating infographics
TIME: 46 minutes
Books Alberto recommends:
- Functional Art
- The Design of Everyday Things
- Visual Language For Designers
- Information Dashboard Design
- Show Me the Numbers
- The Elements of Graphing Data
- Creating More Effective Graphs
Tools for Creating Interactive Graphics (no programing required)
Interactive Graphics (programming required)
Download the ELC 010 Podcast Transcript.
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