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Infographic Poster

By CRAIG KUNCE

Overview

Simply put, an infographic delivers information with a visual that is primarily art and graphics—with few words. It speaks visually to your audience, showing them what you are trying to communicate.

Did you know that approximately 70% of all our body's sensory receptors reside in the eyes? Furthermore, did you know that as much as 90% of all the information currently stored in our brains probably came to us through our eyes? This is what makes art and infographics so valuable when communicating to others. We communicate and learn visually.

Your client: Western Technical College's Sustainability Team
Your posters will be hung around Western's campus. We want to educate and inform our faculty, staff and students on ways we can, and are, integrating sustainability into our college's culture.

Grading checklist

Mid-project group self-evaluation

How is your group working together? As a group, discuss these areas and make sure everyone is happy. If you have concerns discuss them sooner—verses later. Don't wait for things to build up and you get frustrated. If you team member has a concern listen to them. They try to help fix it. Solve your issues together.

Group Work

You will work in small teams. We will draw numbers out of a hat to pick teams.

Your first team project will be to research and report to class what makes a great infographic poster. You'll do this in class, together.

Follow a design process

Topics to choose from

One team per topic. If two teams want the same topic we'll flip a coin for it.

  1. Western's current energy reduction campaign
  2. Greening America's schools - costs and benefits
    This topic discusses building greener, more sustainable schools in America.
    • https://www.usgbc.org/resources/greening-america039s-schools-costs-and-benefits
    • Greening_Americas_Schools.pdf
  3. How to save energy in the classroom
    • https://www.saveonenergy.com/energy-saving-tips/save-energy-at-school/
    • http://www.ase.org/resources/energy-saving-tips-schools
  4. How to save water at school
    • http://www.coolcalifornia.org/tip/save-water-schools
    • 20percent_water_reduction.png
  5. How to reduce municipal solid waste in your city and home
    • epa.gov_municipal_solid_waste.pdf
  6. How to reduce vampire loads
    • https://www.riverlandenergy.com/vampire-loads
  7. How to save energy anywhere - home, school, & work
    • 101WaysToSAveEnergy.pdf
    • HomeEnergySavingsguide.pdf
  8. How to reduce water use at home
    • sandiego_save_water.pdf
    • http://saveourwater.com/conservation-lifestyle/around-the-house/
  9. How to reduce water use in your yard
    • http://saveourwater.com/conservation-lifestyle/around-the-yard/
  10. What Impact Does Recycling Have on the Environment?
    • http://greenliving.lovetoknow.com/How_Does_Recycling_Affect_the_Environment
    • https://www.gov.je/environment/wastereducereuserecycle/whyrecycle/pages/benefits.aspx
  11. How does biking effect the environment?
    • https://youcanbikethere.com/environmental-benefits/
    • biking_benfits.png
    • https://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/10-ways-riding-a-bike-can-save-the-world/
  12. How does sustainability fit into healthcare?
    • http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views
    • https://ensia.com/features/greening-health-care/
  13. What is climate change?
    • https://climate.nasa.gov/
    •  https://www.skepticalscience.com/argument.php
  14. How is climate change affecting the Driftless region?
    • http://www.climatecentral.org/states-of-change#/state/wisconsin
    • http://statesatrisk.org/
  15. How does our diet affect the environment?
    •  https://www.ewg.org/meateatersguide/at-a-glance-brochure/
    •  http://www.sustainabletable.org/568/do-you-have-to-eat-100-local-sustainable-and-organic
  16. Why are farmer’s markets good for our health, the economy, and the planet?
    •  https://www.localharvest.org/la-crosse-wi
    •  http://blog.naturespath.com/best-food-sustainability-documentaries-to-watch-this-fall
    •  http://www.sustainabletable.org/568/do-you-have-to-eat-100-local-sustainable-and-organic
  17. What should I know about chemicals and plastics in my house?
    •  https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners#.Wj1qwd-nHct
    •  https://www.lifewithoutplastic.com/store/common_plastics_no_1_to_no_7#.Wj1rG9-nHcu
  18. What’s so bad about bottled water?
    •  https://thewaterproject.org/bottled-water/bottled_water_wasteful
    • https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/10/28/241419373/how-much-water-actually-goes-into-making-a-bottle-of-water
  19. Western is a Tree Campus USA school.  Why are trees in the city important?
    •  https://www.fuf.net/benefits-of-urban-greening/
    • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-public-health-researchers-are-looking-urban-trees-180960985/
  20. Pollinators:  what are they, why are they important, and how do we help them?
    •  http://www.beecityusa.org/what-is-a-bee-campus.html
    •  https://www.fws.gov/pollinators/
  21. Landscaping for sustainability
    • https://www.asla.org/sustainablelandscapes/about.html
  22. Benefits of spending time outdoors
    • https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/a-prescription-for-better-health-go-alfresco
    •  https://www.getactivelacrosse.org/be-active/nature-connections/
  23. Climate change and health
    •  https://www.apha.org/climate
  24. Where does our water come from and where does it go?
    •  http://www.lacrossewaters.org/
    • https://www.cityoflacrosse.org/content/407/3701/3753/6427.aspx
  25. What is the green economy?
    • http://blog.indeed.com/2017/04/19/where-to-find-work-protecting-the-environment/
    • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/sustainable-earth/11-of-the-fastest-growing-green-jobs/
    • http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/05/5-of-the-fastest-growing-jobs-in-clean-energy.html
    • http://www.startribune.com/for-clean-energy-jobs-sky-s-the-limit/451026273/#1
  26. How does home gardening help the environment?
    • https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/for-children/mygrove/blog/five-ways-your-plants-help-the-environment
    • https://theecoguide.org/whats-environmental-impact-growing-your-own-food
    • http://www.healthguidance.org/entry/14789/1/Organic-Gardening-for-the-Environment.html
    • http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-growing-your-own-food-can-benefit-the-planet/
  27. What does a sustainable home look like?
    • https://jorgefontan.com/sustainable-house-design-21-ideas/
    • https://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-efficient-home-design

 

Examples

Challenge yourself to make your poster infographics heavy! Try to use as little type as possible. This makes for a more interesting and informative poster.

Remember what makes a great infographic poster

 

Great examples
(click each image for full poster)

 

Average / Poor Examples