For my remediation project, I will be relying heavily on infographics, which are visual depictions of information. Based on recommendations from my peers, I decided to use the website infogr.am to create my infographics. The website seems very simple and easy to use. There are plenty of layouts to choose from but the options are not too overwhelming. As someone who has always struggled with inputting data into Excel spreadsheets, I found data entry on this site much simpler and more user-friendly. I created a very basic graph about college enrollment (pictured below) and even though this is just a rough version, the visual representation already supports my arguments much more strongly than merely listing the numbers ever could have. The only problem is the y-axis scale looks a little off, so I will have to check into fixing that.
My one worry about this site is that its templates seem limited to charts and graphs. I am thinking of creating more general diagrams such as timelines that do include specific data, so I would need a more sophisticated means of infographic production, which of course means I need to find support resources to tell me how to do this. Upon searching “infographics tutorial,” I came across an in-depth course form lynda.com on how to create infographics, including choosing color schemes, fonts, and backgrounds. As we mentioned in class, however, lynda.com requires a paid subscription, which the University does not offer to its students. I browsed more and found free tutorials on how to create infographics using Adobe Illustrator, but the application itself costs money. Luckily, it looks like the University has access to Adobe Illustrator so I may look into using this application for my project.