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I’m a bit late with this update about my collateral value course reflection, but I just couldn’t find the time to write about it until now.

Friday, we had a guest lecture of a Russian infographer Max Gorbachevskiy. Infographics is a tool of communicating a lot of data visually. We use it in everyday life, like in traffic signs, or in newspapers. It’s important because if you don’t use the proper shapes you might be understood wrongly.

This was a course which was full of red stickers. This means very many people thought this lecture would be good for them in being a designer. I thought so too, even though I spended my red stickers on other topics… Infographics is an important tool for future presentations as being a designer. It is important for a designer to visual their ideas exactly. And it provides a nice presentation for your clients, and that they can see your vision of course. It was a nice additive to our course visual communication. I have never thought of a certain mix of emotion and information. 100% emotional visuals are advertisements. And 100% informational visuals are just numbers. It’s recomendable to use a lot of basics shapes in your presentations because those are emotional and for the easy loyal decision makers (your client). Or you could use methaphors in your visuals for a bit more real evidence look and for the bit more tough decision makers. And so on with explanations, real pictures and analytical designs. Your visuals could be static, animated or even interactive. It was for great help, because Max has shown some stuff which you have never even thought about so deeply. Like, there are three levels of creating such visuals: first collect your data, tranfer that in meaningfull information and turn those into a rich picture of your knowledge of the subject. He also gave some great inspirtation in ways of visualizing data.

The lecture was a bit lengthy, and some parts were getting boring and not really to the point. But it was quite fun to see that this person came to the HHS for this lecture and tried to be so enthousiastic with his difficulties in giving this presentation in English. He did a good job, but he had to sort out some things which were not so usefull to us. And he tried to involve us into his examples and stuff but because it was so lengthy it didn’t work quite well.

A great solution to this lengthy was to give us some more short termed breaks of 5 minutes instead of one of 15. In this way the whole class could be more active in the lecture. Maybe some pommodoro techniques…

I didn’t really learned a lot in those hours, but it sure was of great inspiration and a bit additive to our visual communication course.


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