Your task as a group: to research your topic and figure out how to tell a story about it using images and words. Use our study of what makes a good infographic to determine how best to visually tell a story with the data and information you have found. Your infographic should look as visually appealing as your technical and artistic skills allow, but more important will be how you handle the information you find in your research and the story you tell with words and images.
Your primary question to answer is; how can represent your research in a way that tells the story more quickly and clearly than an essay would? To answer this question, you will need to distill your research down to the most important points, without losing the context necessary to tell your story.
You will also need to be organized and keep meticulous track of your sources. You should maintain a list of links to all the information you find in your research and all information you include in your infographic should be documented. The documentation should be worked into the design of your graphic (it may be small and at the bottom of the graphic, but it needs to be there).
Library Research Guide
Your completed infographic should:
- Tell the basic story of your topic
- Represent historical public and governmental perception of colonialism (when possible)
- Represent consequences of colonial involvement in Africa over time
Some tools for creating infographics:
Adobe Illustrator (installed on computers in the Uni Mac Lab)
Microsoft Publisher (installed on computers in the Uni PC Lab)
easel.ly (template based online infographics maker)
Piktochart (6 free themes that are editable)
Dipity (for timelines)
Infogr.am (online infographics maker, most useful if you have numerical data)
Tableau (online data visualization tool, you would need numerical data to use)
Wordle (generates word clouds)
WorldMapper (maps of the world resized by subjects of interest)
Lucid Chart (Chrome app, use with googledrive and generate flow charts)
Advice for Creating Infographics:
10 Tips for Designing Infographics
How to Strike the Elusive Balance Between Data and Visualization
Individual reflection: write a one page, typed, double-spaced paper about your group’s process of creating your infographic. Your paper should flow like an essay rather than a series of answers to questions.
As you compose, think about the following questions:
What challenges did you face as you tried to convert your research to a graphic? How did you solve those challenges? Are you happy with the final result? What do you wish you could have done different? What challenges did you face working as a group and how did you solve them? What contribution did you make to the group that you are most proud of? Where did you encounter uncertainty with this project and how did you manage that?
Mon 3/31 In-class research day. 1st period meeting in library. All 6th period students (Linder and Majerus) meet in Siebel 1109.
Tue 4/1 In-class research day. Report on research due by end of period.
Wed 4/2 Project work day (groups 1-3 meet with instructor)
Thu 4/3 Project work day (Linder 1st and 6th period in Windows Lab, Majerus in Mac Lab and library) (groups 4-6 meet with instructor)
Thur 4/17 Rough Draft of Infographic due for peer editing
Mon 4/28 Final draft of Infographic due / Gallery Walk in class