Aaaah! I gave you page numbers for the Penguin edition of Heart of Darkness, but most of you have the Dover Thrift edition. I’m so sorry.

Here are the page numbers for your reading in the Dover Thrift edition. If you don’t end at a chapter or a page break, I give you the last sentence of the reading on the syllabus. I’ve also added the Dover pages to the syllabus.

4/23 pp. 1-16

4/24 pp. 16-27

4/29 pp. 27-44

4/30 pp. 44-62

5/1 pp. 62-end

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1st period advice for composing infographics:

The image and the text should work together to reinforce the message of your infographic.

Keep things simple and clear, as much as possible.

Any numbers you use should add up to 100%.

Choose appropriate shapes for proportional representations of data and visualize relationships between numbers and area correctly.

Be aware of (and use to your advantage) the symbolic language of color and images.

Your text should be readable and you should know what order the infographic should be read and make that order clear in your design.

Know the point of your infographic and make that the focus or central image.

6th period advice for composing infographics:

Include your sources.

Keep it visually simple and clear.

Have a good reason for any words you include.

Use more pictures than words, but those pictures need to make sense in context and be helpful in telling the story of your research.

Be unified. Everything in your infographic should work together to make a point.

If you need a key, that key should clarify information and not make it more confusing.

Images and text should work together to tell the story of your research.

Infographic Assignment

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

Infographic Advice

Here are two resources for designing infographics:

10 Tips for Designing Infographics

How to Strike the Elusive Balance Between Data and Visualization

Epigram Infographic!


Last Work Read + Current Project = this infographic!


Infographics Webquest

Your Assignment (to be completed individually, due at the end of class Wednesday 3/19):

1. Find 2 infographics that you think are particularly good or appealing to youLink to the infographics in the comments of this post and answer the following questions about one of them:

  •  What do you find appealing about this infographic (visual appeal, content, message)?
  •  Who is the audience for this infographic?
  •  What story is the infographic telling? Is there an argument the infographic is making? What is the argument? (One way to think about this question is to ask if you could disagree with the infographic, what would you disagree with?)
  •  Using A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods, can you identify what data visualization method is being used?
  •  Can you imagine another data visualization method being used? How would that affect the story told with this data?

2. Find 2 infographics that you think are not particularly good. Link to them in the comments of this post and answer the following questions about one of them:

  •  What doesn’t work for you about the inforgraphic?
  • What story is the infographic trying to tell? Where does it fall short?
  • How would you make this infographic better?

Places to start looking for infographics:

A little infographic humor

Information is Beautiful award winning infographics

Cool infographics blog

Posts tagged “inforgraphics” on GOOD

Posts tagged “infographics” on BoingBoing


13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics

What is an infographic? From Communication Nation:


1. It’s a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something.
2. It’s visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way.
3. It stands alone and is completely self-explanatory.
4. It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged.
5. It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding.
6. It’s universally understandable.

For fun.


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