Description of the series:
The Visualization Community Seminar Series is a place for anyone interested in visualization/data visualization to learn about emerging ideas, research and methods. Faculty, students, and community members are invited to attend sessions where an invited visualization practitioner(s) will share their research and methods. The goal of this seminar series is to build a community of practice around visualization that crosses disciplinary boundaries and techniques. Anyone with an interest in the topic of visualization is welcome and encouraged to attend!
We are excited that our kickoff speaker will be Karl Gude. Karl Gude is the Director of the Media Sandbox in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, a program that mixes students from different majors and abilities and gets them collaborating on real-world experiences, like helping non-profits. Gude is the former Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. Gude teaches a large, Media Sandbox class on creative thinking and problem solving.
In 2017, Gude was recognized by the Alumni Association for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and was also featured in the President’s Report about teaching creativity. In 2013, Gude was recognized with the Faculty Impact Award by his college. Gude has presented at TEDx Detroit, Lansing and Midland and has spoken twice at the South by Southwest (SXSW) technology conference on the “Power of Visual Storytelling." Gude recently gave a talk at the "Political Analytics Conference" at Harvard University and is just wrapping up a National Science Foundation grant where he collaborated with several universities on an evolutionary biology project. Gude is an avid sketch artist, cartoonist and painter who also writes a column for the Huffington Post.
His talk is entitled: "How to engage your audience with visual storytelling"
In the comic strip Dilbert, Dogbert says, "Information is gushing toward your brain like a fire hose aimed at a teacup!" Nowadays, all of us are drowning in a sea of data. This means that there is a lot of competition for eyeballs. People trying to communicate their messages are doing all they can to find fresh, effective ways to engage and inform inundated audiences. Infographics are powerful tools that, through a careful combination of words and images, grab people's attention and make your message stand out. Infographics are uniquely effective at clarifying and summarizing complex information in all industries—from medicine and science to business and technology—and for all audiences—from policy makers to teenagers. Karl Gude is not only an expert at infographics, he's a passionate and fun teacher.
You will learn:
· Why making information visual is better than words alone to get your message across
· Some important steps to consider when planning a visual project
· Types of data that are best visualized
· The Dos and Don'ts of visual storytelling