Styles and techniques:

  • Infographic (“facts”)
  • Sketches (an impression)
  • Photography (seems “real”)
  • Narrative (graphic novel, video story, written story, images – engages on emotional level) Collage, montage (brings known images into new juxtaposition)
  • Maps (whereabouts, comparisons and change)
  • 3D imaging and models
  • Animations (of all of the above)
  • Labels and anchors (pins meaning to one direction)

List the purposes of visualisations: (Divergent Thinking)

  • Creativity
  • Signs & communication
  • Safety
  • Helping people with disability
  • Careers
  • Advertisement
  • Setting goals and targets
  • Learning/educating
  • Inform
  • Illustration
  • Books
  • Persuade
  • Motivate
  • Inspire
  • Convert
  • Impress
  • Provoke
  • Unite
  • Explain

Ethics! and key advice:

  • Always make it ethical, able to be corroborated
  • Make it visual
  • Make it local
  • Make it connected (meaningful)

 

Why is it important to consider ethics?

Makes you more trustworthy – people are more likely to take you seriously

Visual Thinking Strategies

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What do you think is happening here?

I think that this diagram is showing the daily intake of food types in order to have a healthy lifestyle in the future.

What can you see that makes you think that?

The sections of the pyramid shows different foods and different sizes which shows a scale of intake between them all.

What else can you see?

The text is represented in different colours for each section maybe these colours are showing the majority of the food is for example the ‘vegetable group’ is in green just like most vegetables are.

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What do you think is happening here?

This is another diagram of food intake but more modern by the looks of it. It looks ‘simpler’ however in a bad way as its hard to tell the proportions of each section. I believe this is because the diagram is not like a pie chart it has no centre connecting point.

What can you see that makes you think that?

I believe this is because the diagram is not like a pie chart it has no centre connecting point so the sections are shifted making it hard to give a side by side comparison.

What else can you see?

The diary is on its own outside of the other food types. I’m not entirely sure why maybe ChooseMyPlate.gov believes that it doesn’t belong within the rest which I personally disagree with.

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What do you think is happening here?

This is once again another diagram showing food intake its pretty similar to the pervious one from ChooseMyPlate.gov but with some extras.

What can you see that makes you think that?

The plate has the same food types as the previous it’s also represented with the shifted type pie chart again which I’m not a fan off. I believe this diagram made by Harvard is most likely a remake of ChooseMyPlate.gov but with in my opinion a nicer colour scheme with more information of each food section.

What else can you see?

I can see that water and healthy oils are located on the side of the plate most likely showing that it’s a side item. I agree with these two being sides rather than the other diagram showing dairy on the side. I also see some recommendations to avoid which is always helpful as there are some common misunderstood foods.

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