One of the most influential parts of effective techcomm for me is how to create an effective info graphic. For most businesses, and industries, presentations and visual representations are used to convey ideas, facts, and opinions. Learning what the eye is drawn to, and how that relates to how the information is taken in by the reader really helped be to understand what is necessary and what is not necessary when it comes to info graphics. Learning about correct techniques to implement on info graphics helped me to decipher what is ethical when creating info graphics. This meaning showing the true and honest factual information in a way that is just as effective as it would be if the truth was smudged a little. Since learning about info graphics and what it takes to create an effective one, I really have been more diligent on how I present my information. This I can take with me for years into my field of mechanical engineering.
One of the topics that we covered in class that is most likely to stick with me through my college career was the topic of infographics. I found out not only what infographics can be used for and how to use them, but to actually create them myself. I tried various infographic templates to produce the ideal infographic, that still I could not come up with. I learned how things can work in your mind, but not in reality, exactly like mechanical engineering technology. Things can work perfectly in your mind but when you try and manufacture that part or mechanism, it might not work. And just like the infographic you have to just take a step back and approach it from a different angle until it is satisfactory. I plan on using infographics for future presentations and to show group members data I’ve found or collected as well. I think that learning how to produce infographics was one of the most beneficial topics we covered in this class.
This infographic was created to enhance the significance and importance of United States Oil Production. United States Oil production is minimal in accordance with the world total as shown while the specific state totals are also shown.
This is a brief infographic I put together comparing some of the specs on the new Mustang GT and the new Corvette Stingray. I chose to use bar graphs and tables mostly because it helped show the stark difference between some of the specifications of the two cars. All my information was gathered off of the the Ford and Chevrolet sites. Most of their lists of options and stats are in a boring bland bulleted list which made sorting through them very tedious and time consuming work. I feel organizing the information into comparative bar graphs and tables helps give readers a new perspective on the information as a whole.
By: Ian Crell