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Helping Children Use Less Plastic

A Simple Infographic

When creating this visual, it was important for me to be mindful of my diction and presentation. I utilized cartoons to make the infographic more engaging and to capture my young audience. Incorporating a minimal amount of words also allowed this visual to resonate with children. It was important for me to create an artifact that was not only appealing but also informative and easy to follow. 

  • Context & Problem: From a young age, it is important to teach children of the importance of minimizing their use of plastic. If society starts doing this as kids grow and evolve, these children will be more likely to use less plastic when they mature into adults. Practicing this mindset from a young age is easier than trying to change years of habits.

  • Audience: Elementary school children, 8 -9 years old

  • Success: This visual effectively appeals to kids in the aforementioned age category through its heavy use of pictures, colors, and carefully chosen vernacular. It summarizes five easy ways to use less plastic in a fun and relatable way for the audience.

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The Importance of Using Storytelling in Scientific Communication

A Visual Transcription

When creating this infographic, it was crucial that I summarize Michael Dahlstrom's work holistically. In addition to providing adapted definitions of narrative communication and logical scientific communication, I provided six succinct strategies for how technical communicators  could use narratives when communicating science to nonexpert audiences. This infographic forced me to determine the most important and useful aspects of the article so that one might be able to use it as a compacted source of information.

  • Context & Problem: There exist arguments both supporting and against the use of narrative in conveying technical information. Michael Dahlstrom is pro-narrative and created a very dense, detailed article of his points. For those readers who may not have the time to read his entire artifact, I have created an adapted infographic, which summarizes his main claims and strategies.

  • Audience: Technical communicators who are  somewhat hesitant to use storytelling to discuss logical-scientific topics

  • Success: This infographic successfully summarizes the key information in Dahlstrom's article. Through its visual nature, it presents his points in an alternative way, making this information more accessible.

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