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A Social Application of Infographics
ECU Publications Pre. 2011
  • Stuart Medley, Edith Cowan University
  • Nicola Kaye, Edith Cowan University
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Document Type
Journal Article
Publisher
Australian Graphic Design Association
Faculty
Education and Arts
School
Communications and Arts
RAS ID
8828
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Originally published as: Medley, S. & Kaye, N (2009). Figures: a social application of infographics. Visual: design: scholarship : journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association, 4(1) 78-90. Original available here

Abstract
Figures: The social in the visual is a research project exploring the potential for information graphics to tell news. To date, the research manifests itself in a website (http://figuresmag.com), tertiary level teaching materials, and a printed zine. This article details the principle aspects of our research. Firstly, it states our issues with the status quo of mainstream news imagery and dissemination. Secondly, we discuss our media choices: Why information graphics, and why the Internet? We will explain information design as a graphic form within a contested space: The form itself requires experimentation so that its users, including ourselves, can be more confident about what approaches to information design communicate what messages. This experimentation leads us to the Internet, using the Web 2.0 as a space for efficient and socially focused experimentation. Our research uses a reflexive methodology which sees us as creative practitioners within the space we have set up as well as audience members seeking explanation. We demonstrate how we use the Internet as a reflexive space in developing Figures. Thirdly, we will describe some outcomes of the research so far: Tertiary assignment briefs for design students at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia (ECU); graphics created for Figures have been published in Visual Language for Designers (2009); and, another design school (at the University of Otago, New Zealand) has published information graphics on our site.
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Citation Information
Stuart Medley and Nicola Kaye. "A Social Application of Infographics" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stuart_medley/3/