This week in Advanced  Social Media and Personal Branding, we spent most of the class giving feedback over our info-graphics.  Making the info-graphic was harder than I expected it to be. Between finding a good clean design, and making all of my information clean and concise, it took me a couple of hours to complete mines. However, I did spend most of my time looking for a design. After we were done critiquing each others info-graphic, we discussed some marketing terms in detail.

The Importance of Info-graphics   

In my college career i never understood the importance of info-graphics. I mean yes I had to make some info-graphics for assignments, but I always asked does this even effect me. So  did some research, and I found out that companies use info-graphics to boost their web traffic 12  percent faster than those who don’t. Check out this quick video on the importance of info-graphics.

However, even after watching this highly instructional video I still have doubts. Yes, info-graphics are indeed useful, if you are a digital marketer. However, I want to be a sports journalist, so i conducted more research. But this time I asked if it is useful for a sports journalist. According to Buchananpr.com info-graphics are indeed necessary for journalism. From engaging the audience with beautiful visual, to saving reporters time by getting to the point. For the more information click the link above.

With this new information in mind i came to the conclusion that info-graphics are needed no matter which career field. However, if your info-graphic should be appealing to the eye. Thanks to to Ike’s classes I know that my info-graphics are top notch. As proven in class, by my info-graphic which is easily top 5.

Next Week Assignment

For our next week assignment we have to complete the Make a Website section using Code Academy. The complete section takes an estimated four hours to complete. There is just one thing I want to say to you all about this.

Good Luck 😀

Oh yeah!! the snacks or snakes this week were OK at best. the Tim-bits were kind of nasty, except for the blueberry ones. This week I demand some birthday flavored cookies, and some root beer flavored pop tarts too.

Questions

  1. Do you think info-graphics are important for your career field? Yes or No?
  2. Why do you think info-graphics are becoming to important in this day and age?
  3. What are your thoughts on the Code Academy?

12 thoughts on “The Importance of Info-graphics

  • February 12, 2017 at 11:33 am
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    Do you think info-graphics are important for your career field? Yes or No?
    I think they can be, as our job fields are likely looking for more creativity than your normal black and white, 8×10 resume. However, I will still be keeping a regular resume on hand, as I think they provide more thorough insight into my abilities. Infographic resumes are not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

    Why do you think info-graphics are becoming to important in this day and age?
    In certain fields, I believe the infographic can show more thorough and complete information, depending on the job and career field. Such as marketing and sales, infographics might be better suited than your traditional, since it might be easier to show percentages and such on an infographic instead of your normal resume.

    What are your thoughts on the Code Academy?
    CodeAcademy seems slightly beneficial, and is a good introduction to coding, but honestly, I feel like I am wasting my time a bit. If I will not be using coding on a regular basis, I will either forget it or have to continually work with code academy to keep up.

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  • February 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm
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    Hey Chris, I loved the video on the info-graphics, super informative! As for my thoughts on the info-graphics, I think we have seen great strides in the creative margin in how applications and experiences are relayed to employers. Though I never would have imagined I would create one, I think a well-constructed info graphic is a great way to highlight your experiences and skill sets for employers in a new and creative way; potentially giving you a leg up in multiple ways.

    As for the CodeAcademy, I’m rather looking forward to learning a few basic principals of coding. I found it quite interesting in my class with Jeff John in Photographic Communication and I think it is a valuable skill you know at a primal level, should you be interested in learning more or even if you just want to express knowledge of it and your ability to learn something as cut and dry as coding.

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  • February 14, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    Cool content Chris! Loved your infographic, and watch out for those snakes!

    1. I definitely think infographics are important in my career field. The way that journalism, like so many other career fields is moving more and more toward digital formats every year, infographics are becoming a great way to show a potential employer how digitally savvy you are. The only thing to be sure about is that the infographic is done well!

    2. I think that because of the way the internet has become such a staple in everybody’s daily life over the last 20 years, the way that we all find and perceive content has adjusted accordingly. People in general spend less time reading something if they’re not interested right away, and visuals are necessary in making sure that the audiences’ eyes are caught. This is just one of the many ways that infographics are becoming more and more important these days. If something that is likely going to go online can be expressed using an image instead of text, it will likely catch the audience members’ eyes and cause the desired response.

    3. I think Code Academy has a lot of potential to provide us with an edge in the job market. As Ray Marcano once told my Advanced News Writing class about a year ago, “if you have the opportunity to learn anything about coding, especially HTML, that will give you a competitive advantage in this business.” Ray’s words have got me convinced that this will be a worthwhile step and will serve us all well when we apply for jobs in the future.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 10:11 am
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    Geez Chris, your SASS! heheheh.

    1. Do you think info-graphics are important for your career field? Yes or No?
    Being interested in a digitally-driven career path, I definitely think infographics are important in almost any industry. They provide a more visually stimulating means of displaying content, which caters to the multitude of ways people obtain and respond to information.

    2. Why do you think info-graphics are becoming to important in this day and age?
    As technology has shifted the way information is presented, that shift has also contributed to a change in the mindset of digital content consumers and what actually catches their attention. It’s no longer as practical to distribute a bunch of text-heavy informational pamphlets via email when we have more creative methods that are able to display information more quickly and creatively. Not only that, but with the sheer amount of information we have access to, infographics are a great way to display a lot of information in a way that shouldn’t be overwhelming or take too much time to absorb.

    3. What are your thoughts on the Code Academy?
    Codecademy is actually a certification that I would never have thought about trying to pursue, but it’s actually probably one of the more useful ones we’ll work on this semester. Especially in the digital sphere, having a basic knowledge of coding can only be an asset.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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    In regards to the first question of do I think infographics are important for my career field, I don’t know because I have not really chosen a field yet or don’t really know hat I want to do, but I will say most likely because they look like they could be useful in almost any field especially in this modern day in age.

    I think infographics are becoming more important because you can showcase more of what you can do in a infographic opposed to a traditional resume, you can show creativity in the layout and design or can also provide hyperlinks to evidence like SoMe pages, websites, and videos, etc. They are also easier and faster to glance or look over than old fashion resumes.

    I think CodeAcademy will be great although I have not started yet, I am looking forward to it I have been wanting to learn html coding for quite some time now and finally get my chance today. I hope it is everything I am expecting it to be and that I can breeze through it learning and taking in a lot.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    Do you think info-graphics are important for your career field? Yes or No?
    I think that infographics are really great for any field, but especially communications since so much of it is visual.
    Why do you think info-graphics are becoming to important in this day and age?
    I think they are important because people can look at one picture and get all the information they need without having to read a full article.
    What are your thoughts on the Code Academy?
    I actually really enjoyed Codecademy…is that weird?

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  • February 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm
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    I do think that infographcis are important to my career field. I am trying to start a career in sports broadcasting, and to be able to have a creative mindset can show employers a lot about your potential. While it does not apply to my career field as much as others, it does apply and I think it will more and more moving forward.

    I think that they are becoming important because employers are trying to see who is creative and who can help them be more creative as a company to impact the younger generations. The younger generations are becoming more and more visual and that will be a huge reason to infographics becoming more and more popular.

    Codecademy has been very helpful, but is definitely time consuming. Having a base knowledge of how to make a website is a great skill to have, and I am glad to have that base to start from now. This has allowed me to gain knowledge that if I so desire I can further and really help when looking for a job.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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    Nice post!

    I strongly believe that infograhipcs are a good choice for many career fields. In this case, i believe that they would work great for communication jobs at entry level positions. Most jobs require applicants to be creative and the infographic is a great way to show how you can think outside the box.

    It seems that employers are welcoming this new form of a traditional resume because companies are becoming increasingly more visual. In fact, I don’t think it’s too much of a leap to believe employers will ask for more video submissions in conjunction with resumes.

    Codeacademy is terrific! I really enjoyed learning the different structures that make up a website. I feel that these skills will be very rewarding as we lobby ourselves into great digital jobs. Also, now that we have the basics when we see websites that look really nice we know what code we need to copy and paste into our own pages.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    Hey Chris, great job on the blogpost!

    I think that infographics are appropriate for any job field really. They add a degree of professionalism and provide viewers with a visual spectacle that draws more attention than your standard text description. Especially in my intended career field, Info graphics provide a visual and creative edge to my personal brand as a journalist. I am able to showcase visual components as well as quick hard hitting data points.

    In this day and age, visuals are key. Employers and clients alike connect more with a gripping message and easy to digest content and I feel that Infographics provide both of those. Something that is quick to the point and provides as much relevant content as possible is something that I feel most employers would appreciate.

    I actually enjoyed Codeacademy, It took me half of the estimated completion time to finish the course. I think that HTML is interesting in general and I enjoyed the step by step building process. I have a better grasp on website fundamentals now and plan on strengthening those skills in time for the Digital Hub 2.0.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm
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    For My personal path, I do believe the skills it takes to make a good infograpic are important. In the PR industry, One has to be able to capture attention with accurate and attractive detail for their clients. Whether it be for a press relaese, social media post, or web flyer, the ability to get the word out, and get he word seen is critical.
    I feel like they are becoming more important because of where we are with technology. The more we read (which we do a lot of on our phones) the more we have a desire, or expectation for things to jump out at us.
    I actually enjoy using Codecademy. It’s so simple that it feels like at 90s computer game that we had to settle with when the internet was down. It makes it easy to understand not only what you’re doing, but why you’re doing it.

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  • February 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm
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    I think infographics can be important to the social media career field. Social media platforms, like Twitter, requires short posts. Inforgraphics are an easy way to get a lot of information out in a condensed format. Like the graphs we created, they said a lot about us in a small way. For example, mine clearly said I’m working hard in college to end up working at a comic book store like one student pointed out. Bee tee dubs, Visme gave me an A.

    I think in this day and age, people are less than smart and would rather have small Timbits than full donuts. Infographics are an easy way to provide information in a fun format and are easy to digest, unless there’s a scary selfie hidden within that screams “hire me or else I’ll swipe everything off of your desk.”

    I think Code Academy is pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to learn how to create a flashy, pimped out Myspace profile page and now my 10 year old dreams are coming true.

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  • February 16, 2017 at 11:09 am
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    I think infographics are visually a great tool for my career path. Since I have done a lot of outreach and event planning, my infographic is a perfect way to visually show potential employers what I have accomplished and easily show statistics of my accomplishments as well.
    I think infographics are becoming so important for our generation because we live in such a media based society, what better way to summarize your work than on social media itself, especially since there are so many opportunities in companies that use this modern technology.
    I think Code Academy is actually very helpful. I think it’s a great platform to use for people who actually need to learn how to code using HTML.

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