• Data Journalism Meets Information Design: Creating A Complex Infographic About The Yarnell Hill Wildfire

      Godoy, Katelyn (2015-05-01)
      In June and July 2013, a large-scale wildfire, known as the Yarnell Hill wildfire, tore through the Yarnell community in Arizona. The fire claimed the lives of 19 firefighters—the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. This project, which details the events of the wildfire and its aftermath in a complex infographic, is an example of data journalism and complements the reporting completed by The Arizona Republic. This paper explores the emerging field of data journalism within information design and provides an overview of the process used to create and design this project. In addition, it summarizes data collection techniques and application of graphic design best practices. It also details directions for future design opportunities related to this topic.
    • Digital Storytelling with Infographics: Celebrating the Negro Leagues Using 21st Century Tools

      Stam, Kathryn; Thesis Advisor; Lizardi, Ryan; Second Reader; Van Gorder, Dave (2020-05)
      Visual communication is more prevalent today than it ever has been in the past. Specifically, thanks to cell phones, tablets, and other smart devices, digital platforms have seen the greatest increase of visual use and show no signs of slowing down. However, with this increase comes more competition to stand out and be heard. Despite the messaging being more accessible than ever, there is a large chasm between what messaging is communicated, and how much it is viewed, understood, and retained by the audience. Thankfully designers have many options at their disposal for standing out amidst the noise. One of the most prominent of these is the infographic: a communication method that was designed for print but perfected on digital platforms. This study is designed to explain the role that infographics play for designers and storytellers. It will explore how infographics can attract a larger audience, communicate a complex idea in an easy to understand nature, and ultimately prove to be more memorable through the blending of images, text, and data into one coherent piece.
    • The Dynamics of Infographics: Transforming Tabular Data into an Interactive Story

      Freiberger, John IV; Jofre, Ana; Advisor; Schneider, Steven; Second Reader (2018-05)
      Election campaigns can be heated, and sometimes controversial, where statements candidates make are dissected, analyzed, and scrutinized by news media, talk shows, publications, and now social media. The 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was no different. Trump’s combustible use of Twitter as then-candidate and nowpresident continues to make headlines, fueling barrages of re-tweets, replies, memes, and so on. This thesis project examines a tweet Donald Trump made about winning the 2016 election in a landslide and uses official election results published by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to debunk that claim in an interactive infographic created in Tableau. This paper examines infographic design and highlights types of infographics, infographics and cognition, interactivity in infographics, and good design principles. This paper then walks through the construction of the interactive infographic in Tableau while noting the design process used and principles applied. An evaluation of Tableau as a visual design tool is also provided.