A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS
A BRIEF HISTORY
The notion of borders becomes vague and obsolete with the speed and scales of information exchange. The knowledge of a language is no longer essential to communication.
Visual literacy and effective application of well-designed infographics will allow to successfully communicate the message to any corner of the world.
There is no need to speak if you can show. That’s why thousand years ago when people could not speak they drew.
The earliest known cave drawings (prehistoric or ancient infographic art if you like) are at least 35,000 years old and were found in caves (district of Maros, Indonesia).
Many ancient writing systems like Sumer pictographic writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Mayan script, and Chinese characters were based on graphics.
Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft carried Pioneer Plaques, a pair of gold anodized aluminum plaques, each featuring a pictorial message that would provide information about the origin of the spacecraft and be understandable to extraterrestrial beings, who would have no conception of human language.
- 80% of what they see and do
- 20% of what they read
- 10% of what hey hear
The use of infographics helps as we suffer from information overload. We are exposed to 5x as much information today as we did in 1986.
WHERE TO USE INFOGRAPHICS?
Wherever possible. Social media, email campaigns, websites – it is not a complete list of visual contents applicability.
Infographic design is a modern form of content marketing which has become a tool for internet marketers and companies to create content that others will link to, thus possibly boosting a company’s reputation and online presence. The increasing role of social media as news and communication channels dictates the use of infographics as the most effective and laconic means of conveying information.
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Mark Smiciklas (2012). The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audience.
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