Week 3: January 24

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Topic: Starting Photoshop and Introduction to Infographics

Read for Class:

From Safari Books online (the link takes you to a page that explains how to access this database)

  • Nathan Yau, Data Points: Visualization That Means Something: Chapter 3-5 (read carefully)
  • Max Shron, Thinking with Data, Chapter 3: Arguments (read carefully)

Do for class:

  • be prepared to discuss how Yau, Shron, and Viewers Make Meaning go together (no, you do not need to write anything formally. But if it appears you didn’t read, then we will definitely move to more formal requirements.)


Lynda.com can be found on the home page of Canopy.  As a student, you have free access to thousands of software related tutorials. If you’re not a video person, then you can  reference the Adobe Classroom in a Book for Photoshop found in Safari online.   You need to complete Photoshop CC Essential Training with Julieanne Kost  Chapters 7-11, 12, 15, 16, 18, 19 (or the equivalent in Classroom in a book or by some other means. )  If you already know these things, then by all means you don’t need to do this.

In class:

  • discuss readings
    • analyze an info graphic in class putting into play the readings to date
  • first attempt at an infographic programs data
    • play with online tools for infographics
      • http://www.easel.ly/
      • http://visual.ly/
      • http://piktochart.com/
      • http://infogr.am/
      • http://chartgizmo.com/
      • http://www.chartle.net/
      • http://www.chartgo.com/
      • http://www.icharts.net/
  • working in photoshop (your proficiency tests will be next week)

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