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This assignment for my students was to “tell a story” using an infographic. Again, we are using a broad definition of “story” to fit it into this mode of delivery. I am trying to emphasize the importance of details, data, and supporting information in conveying ideas, while still limiting the amount of such supporting information. An infographic also involves visual cues to help support or emphasize the information, so we have to consider and plan those aspects.

Again, I put together one myself as an example. I also wanted to be sure I realized the amount of work, time and effort it takes for the assignment – you know, to help keep it real (or practical, or so my expectations of my students are aimed properly).

This is my infographic:

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I used easel.ly which is an infographic builder with a free version (or, of course, an upgrade, but actually a very reasonable cost per year). This is the first time I used this software. It was not too difficult to learn. I’m sure there are details I could have used. There are several templates set up and ready to use, but I did not see what I wanted for this information.

After deciding on a topic to tell, I gathered my information and decided how much I could leave out while still getting a full understanding across. I hope I reached that goal – not only for this assignment example, but also because I teach this information in one of my classes.

My next step was to find an image that helped or fit with the information. There is no shortness of mountain pictures, images or drawings. Finding a single mountain limits the number a little, but still . . .

I found good photos, and it came down to one of Mt. Fuji, a

green mountain (I think from Ireland), a mountain trail used by the Incas in Peru, and the one I used from Iceland.

I did not put each of the mountain photos in the background to decide, I just used the simplest image since it was figurative or supportive and not the main point of information.

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I could have edited the stair image better, but this is just for an example.

The model of relationship stages is typically called the step model – stepping up and stepping down – so I looked for images of stairs to use. It was not as easy to find photos or drawings of stairs that would work in this situation. (But there are some extremely nice stairways out there!) And I did not want to draw or create the stair image myself, though some may create what they want. The stairs do make the image simpler, and some may say that the text is easier to read using the plain, white background instead of the mountain. But, I did not think stairs looked as nice as a mountain, so I went with the more aesthetically pleasing image.

I had some difficulty getting the arrows, shapes and lettering all lined up. And I am not fully pleased with the final results. However, I did make the decision to have the letting and arrows consistent for each side. The default is black, but I wanted to make the “Coming Together” distinct from the “Coming Apart.” I do think that worked out well.

This is a nice summary of the information, and I will probably use it in my class next time I cover this topic (especially since I did so much work on it).

Well, you can also let me know what you think. I’d appreciate any feedback. (thanks!)

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