Posts in Category: infographics

A few links to start discussion on Jan. 29th

Steven Hammer at SJU in Philadelphia – his “active” spring 2015 courses include visual rhetoric and digital storytelling. During fall 2014 he taught an audio design and production class.

Casey Boyle at UT-Austin – he has materials up for half a dozen courses built around his specialties in digital rhetoric, including a writing with sound class and a class on spatial rhetorics and locative media.

Jim Brown at Rutgers-Camden – his course archive includes a wide range of classes, perhaps of particular interest to people working on classes that involve videogames (esp. as/and the literary), interfaces, or writing-and-code.

Jennifer Proctor – filmmaker and media artist based in Ann Arbor; lots of great resources for teaching video.

Mark Sample at Davidson – many courses from both Davidson and GMU, including Future & History of the book, Videogames in Context, Intro to Digital Studies.

Jentery Sayers at U Victoria – you have to look around bit to find specific course materials in his portfolio, but he is particularly good on sound pedagogy stuff and on using/developing/teaching DH methods (with Modernist texts in particular). Also worth note: his DH perspective is deeply rooted in cultural studies training.

Quinn Warnick at Virginia Tech – is another digital rhetoric specialist who teaches a range of courses; it may be worth clicking through to some of the semester-specific websites for Developing Online Content (a class that used to be called “Writing for the Web”) and/or Writing and Digital Media. (Especially if you teach in our PPW program.)

Anne Wysocki at Wisconsin-Milwaukee – this website hasn’t been updated since 2011, but there’s a class on animating writing that’s intriguing, and the document design class is worth a look (if only for the way the course has both a conceptual description and a concrete description).

Elizabeth Losh at UC San Diego (director of their Culture, Art, and Technology Program) – classes include digital poetics, feminist dialogues on technology, media seductions, and public rhetoric.

Stephanie Strickland – a single, intriguing syllabus from a practitioner’s perspective for a class called Approaching New Media Poetry.

Information for the Writing with Video class at the University of Illinois – this has been around since 2005; it has now been taught by a wide range of instructors and been subject of a lot of development conversations.

Not yet fully composed, but already featuring some amazing resources: the curate pedagogy project’s list of keywords for digital pedagogy.

A blog post from Mu Lin collecting links to various digital journalism syllabi.

Image and Infographic Resources

* This is a version of the list of resources that Carrie and Kerry handed out at their digital brown bag talk on Sept. 19, 2014. If you want, you can click here to download the original handout as a .docx file. Feel free to adapt it for your own use.   

Photoshop Resources

Descriptions of the tools – http://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/tools.html

“Official” video tutorial series – http://tv.adobe.com/show/learn-photoshop-cs6/

Lynda.com – login via My Pitt for access to a huge range of tutorials across all levels of experience.

Free Image Editing Software (Alternatives to Photoshop)

GIMP (desktop program) – http://www.gimp.org

Pixlr (online or offline editor) – http://www.pixlr.com

Paint.NET (for Windows; simpler interface than GIMP) – http://www.getpaint.net/

Infographic Generators

Worth noting: many of these generators require users to register; many exist as both free versions and premium versions that require users to pay a fee to access “advanced” features.

http://piktochart.com                                    http://www.easel.ly/

http://infogr.am/                                           https://venngage.com/

Making Accurate Charts based on Numeric Data

For quick, simple, accurate charts – a generator by Caleb Loffer – http://ceagon.com/tools/charts

For more complicated interface/more powerful data visualization – http://www.icharts.net/

Making Flowcharts (other simple infographics, too)

https://www.gliffy.com/

Thinking About Icons (and/or Metaphor and/or Branding)

The Noun Project – http://thenounproject.com/

Working with Color

Color scheme designer – http://www.paletton.com

Adobe Color CC (used to be Kuler), create schemes based on color theory principles and/or images – https://color.adobe.com

A simulator that lets you check what your images look like to someone who is colorblind – http://www.vischeck.com/

Working with Typography

Butterick’s Practical Typography – http://practicaltypography.com/

Finding (Free) Non-Standard Fonts

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/                      https://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/

http://www.google.com/fonts                      http://openfontlibrary.org/ 

Working With Maps

For drawing on/adding information to maps – http://www.scribblemaps.com/create/

For devising cartographic color schemes (colorblind-safe mode) – http://colorbrewer2.org/

Stylized maps (of locations you select) via Stamen Design – http://maps.stamen.com/

Websites That Often Feature Infographics

http://magazine.good.is/                    http://www.visualcomplexity.com/

http://flowingdata.com/                    http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/

http://visualjournalism.com/

Some Articles of Interest

A LONG list of relevant links broken down categorically –

http://dailytekk.com/2012/02/27/over-100-incredible-infographic-tools-and-resources/

A (very debatable) list of dos and don’ts with examples –

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/14/the-dos-and-donts-of-infographic-design/

Books we might have mentioned to you

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge

Manuel Lima (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014)

The Best American Infographics

2013 – edited by Gareth Cook, intro by David Byrne (Mariner Books, first book in the series)

2014 – edited by Gareth Cook, intro by Nathan Silver (Harcourt, available October 14th)

The Where, The Why and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science

edited by Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe (Chronicle Books, 2012)