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Typography – Part 2

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Infographics and Typography

The effective uses of infographics and typography

Focus on patterns, colors and shapes, our sense of sight is very sensitive to these factors.  Visualizing information through infographics happens so quickly and it can make or break the success of the transfer of knowledge and understanding.

This will be beneficial in cases where the e-lessons I will be creating target a broad audience with varying degrees of technical knowledge, different learning styles and in situations where English is a second language. It will assist learners to“see what others think”.

The idea of knowledge compression through infographics excites me in a way that I can keep my e-lessons interesting and reduce the length of the lesson itself without sacrificing content

Design is about solving problems and creating elegant solutions

Even though the information may not be beautiful, the visual design of it can be when following the design principles

Making information beautiful can assist in the ease of understanding and makes learning fun

After viewing this video, it inspired me to learn more about how I can create visually appealing infographics and typography.  After navigating through the web, these two video’s helped me get started and have been included in my Design Blog:

How to create infografics :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgSLxgtbZKA

That sounds delicious

That sounds (aka tone) delicious (flavor) are all useful techniques in getting the message across and making information memorable.

TONE – is my content

  • Technical
  • Formal
  • Personal
  • Promotional

FLAVOR – is my creative license

  • Humor
  • Metaphors
  • Anecdotes
  • Case Study

Adult learn by adopting the WIIFM (What’s in it for me?) approach!  Remember that the website has a good balance of meaning, content and design.

Set a rhythm and be consistent when creating headings.  It can be a question, sentence, phrase, call for action or imperative.

Linguistic patterns also add interest to content for example:
Play on words: using puns, similes and metaphors
Dictionary Definitions
Word Connotations (writing/ scribbling)
Word Associations (laugh/Joke)

Add meaning with descriptions/ adjectives.  Use cliches i.e. “think outside the box”

Proper use of links

When creating sites or learning activities, links should not be the source of the content.  Allow the reader to get the gist of this information by the information chunk that was provided in the content.  The misuse of links can be distracting as they are usually identified by a different color or underlined. Another pitfall to added too many links is that it can cause a tangent, spinning users out of control forgetting how they got there in the first place and what was their original intent!  Links half way through can also break readers train of concentration.

Think and divide

THINK

OMIT – if you don’t need it
EDIT – if you can say it in fewer words
CUT- if it doesn’t fit

AND

DIVIDE

CIRCLE – group related items
NUMBER- hierarchy of information
STRIKE IT OUT – serparate important info