Information graphics are a tool for understanding so they have great potential for improving learning. But how do you start designing infographics? 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. He 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. Some things we discuss: 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 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) iChart Google Fusion Tables Tableau Public Interactive Graphics (programming required) Processing D3 R Blogs: The Functional Art Flowing Data Information Aesthetics Eager Eyes Visualizing Data Time: 46 minutes
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Compares the early sprouting of radish seeds to the evidential hope in Frances Moore Lappe’s talk, The Work of Hope. Applies this to Obama’s Cairo talk and its implications for Palestine. Includes an interview with Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow and author of several books on Empire and conflicts in the Middle East. Criticizes Uri Avnery’s comparison of Israel to the zealots as unfair… to the zealots, who defended the oppressed against Rome.
Reads a poem by Pattiann Rogers called The Greatest Grandeur over the music of Bonobo’s Days to Come. Relates a conversation with teenage girls about Dr. George Tiller’s murder, and takes a different slant on the abortion question. Plays David Rovic’s new song, In the Name of God, plus Big Country’s Soldier of the Lord, and XTC’s Dear God. Presents the Declaration of the Abya Yala - the indigenous populations of 22 countries. Reports on Friday’s massacre of indigenous Amazonians in Peru, with police firing live ammunition into a crowd of 5000 protestors.
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