Infographics Exercise

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Step One: Analysis

Read through the Infographics below. As you read, consider some of the following questions:

  • Who is the audience for these graphics? What main claims do they make? What are some key terms? Is one graphic more successful than the others, why or why not?
  • What design choices can you adapt from the graphics below to your project?
  • What do graphics accomplish that expository arguments or literary works cannot? What’s gained and what’s lost in the rendering of a essay, poem, or play?



Step Two: Making Graphics with Piktochart

While there are many great graphics makers available online, and you can make graphics in Google Presentations and PowerPoint, Piktochart has a wide range of options and can be embedded in WP pages. As a result, Piktochart is a great point of entry into infographic writing.

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Now that you have the basics down, let’s render Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 130” as a single block graphic. So, take a few minutes to read through the poem, making note of features you can translate into visual iconography. While the metaphors offer a range of rendering possibilities, try rendering other textual features (i.e. rhyme, repetition, meter, etc.) in graphs and charts. When you are ready, design away!

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Step Four: Translate the rendering of “Sonnet 130” into a short paragraph (time permitting)

Finally, to emphasize the extent to which graphics make claims, support those claims through close analysis, and make choices based on the needs of audience and context, let’s translate our graphics into paragraphs. If you complete this last step with your students, you might want to ask them to think about what’s gained and what’s lost in translation.