Category Archives: Infographics

Wake up and smell the coffee

Are you a full-blooded flat white or perhaps a little cortado?

How do you drink your coffee (if you drink it at all) and does that say anything about your personality?

Where would you place yourself on the chart below (from the excellent Mashable site)? Then click on it for a song.

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Fill the unforgiving minute

A great deal can happen in just one minute  and Rudyard Kipling suggested filling it with sixty seconds worth of distance run.

Online the number of activities, transactions and money spent is staggering and this infographic makes very interesting reading.

However, there is a whole world out there that is not online and by clicking on the picture below you can see just what happens within 60 seconds.

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A means to an end

Technology for the sake of it is never going to win over the naysayers and Luddites, is it? If we are going to use new tech effectively in education, we need to be clear that it is being used for the right reasons and not just because we can.

Using Prezi as an example, the goal is not to be able to create zooming graphics and swooping pathways to replace your Powerpoints. The desired outcomes include the ability to engage an audience, build confidence and unleash creativity.

Click on the image below to see a short article and infographic about this (the word ‘kids’ can be removed I think as I believe this is relevant for everyone).

Abacus

 

Is your audience too busy?

Then fear not, as help is at hand using the power of infographics.

It might be that you want to illustrate the benefits of studying abroad. Or maybe you want to show a breakdown of customer age groups or orders placed by geographical location. In just about every example you can think of, the presentation of the information will be boosted by an infographic. As a species we like images and they can say so much.

I have been looking at a site called infogr.am which offers some very easy to use infographic templates that makes creating attractive visuals from data a genuine pleasure.

Click on the image below to see some facts and figures for OISE Bristol over the last 12 months. Do you use infographics in your presentations?

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Reduce stress by planning

You can never prepare too much for a job interview – the more you know about the company recruiting and have planned answers for likely questions, the more confident you will feel.

The questions they ask you can be prepared for to a degree as you can consider the type of questions they are likely to present. You can also think of some to put to them as this is always viewed favourably (just don’t ask about how much holiday you get).

Keep your nerves under control. You know what you are talking about and you have done your homework on their business,. Remember they must have liked your CV or you wouldn’t be at the interview, would you? Did you send a traditional CV or did they view your details online?

If you are trying to find a new job and it is proving difficult, don’t give up. These are very difficult times, but the better your CV, the better your preparation and the better your interview skills, then the better your chances. Good luck!

Click on the image below for a very well thought out and designed infographic that may prove useful.

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Stress (Photo credit: topgold)

Return of the Mac

I remember when the Big Mac index first appeared in 1986 as a visually friendly way of showing purchasing power in different countries. The whole concept was based around the idea of how much it cost to buy a Big Mac (and how long it was necessary to work in order to pay for one).

In other words the cost of living is relative to your location. It doesn’t matter if you earn very little if the things you need to buy cost very little. That is until you wish to do business overseas of course…

Click on the image to find out more. In your opinion, is this a fun and interesting way to consider broad economics or does it trivialise an important topic and ignore cultural differences?

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Eight Great Thinking Maps

Thinking Maps can be particularly useful as a means to record, remember or demonstrate.

There are 8 different models and each one can perform a specific task. For example, a Bridge Map may be employed to consider analogies and a Bubble Map for adjectives connected to a topic, whereas a Flow Map is more commonly used to explain a sequence or logical process.

You probably won’t need to use them every single day, but there may be circumstances where you find these visuals very useful. Perhaps you need to remember some data, or you might want to clarify something in your own mind. Alternatively, you could wish to provide other people with information in a way that will be easy to understand.

Do you use Thinking Maps at the moment? Which ones do you use?

Click on the image below to read more about the 8 different types.

Pitching with Pictures

The aim of your presentation is probably not to show how clever you are. It is also probably not to show how stupid the audience is. Your goal is more likely to be to communicate clearly in a way that the listeners can enjoy, understand and remember.

An infographic is there to represent data visually. It is there to help your target audience understand. If you have complex information in a presentation, why not consider using an infographic? The people listening will appreciate this and if they really need to have every single detail, then provide a handout at the end of your talk.

Click on the image below for some really well-designed infographics. You do not have to create images of this standard, but think carefully before boring your audience to death with long lists of facts and figures on a PowerPoint slide…

Space: The Final Frontier

There is an internet map that consists of plotting over 350,000 websites, as if they are stars or planets, with website traffic determining the relative size of each one.

The result is stunning and I recommend you click on the image below to see this map for yourself. Let me know what you think!

By the way, have you seen the images sent back to Earth from NASA’s Curiosity Rover? What do you think about a country spending money on space exploration? Is it essential in our quest for knowledge and possibly our long-term survival? Or is it wasting money that could be used to help with more immediate problems?