Graphics which visually represent data or complex ideas are oftentimes easier for people to understand and digest than standalone statistics. A map shaded with different colors to represent religious affiliations or income levels enables researchers to quickly identify trends and patterns. New free tools and applications offer librarians the opportunity to organize and manipulate data to quickly create these helpful graphics. Learn how to overlay data sets on maps, create infographics for library services and instruction, use mindmapping for group brainstorming sessions, produce detailed timelines, process flowcharts, diagrams, and much more in this complete how-to-guidebook. This complete how-to guidebook provides you with the tools and inspiration you need to use infographics and data visualization techniques in your library to knock your audience s socks off as you tell your story in a visual format that can be consumed and understood at a glance. You will learn how to: .use the tools you already have to create a simple infographic; .create a library services infographic using Piktochart; .create instructional infographics with Easel.ly; .create interactive timelines; mindmap your brainstorming meetings; .create library flowcharts and diagrams using Creately; .create interactive maps with imported data; and .create complex data visualizations."
Librarians have always been responsible for creating graphic designs but in the digital age the need for visual communication skills has multiplied significantly. The quantity of graphic design tasks has increased, so has the demand and expectation of the quality of the products that are produced. Graphic Design: A Practical Guide for Librarians gives librarians the help they need. Written by an artist and graphic design instructor the book has the tools and information librarians want and need to know to make their job easier and to give them confidence in creating professional looking designs. Valerie Colston makes graphic design easy to understand and fun to learn. The book outlines what you need to know as a librarian designer in a simple way, and provides an abundant about of resources and examples of good design models. This book addresses the lack of training that many librarians feel and strives to empower them with confidence and practical skills. Librarians will learn the language of design, discover resources and where to find them, explore line, color, shape, texture, and space, discover the role and importance of fonts, learn where to locate images, and get tips for creating an artist's portfolio.
For nearly 20 years, designers and non-designers alike have been introduced to the fundamental principles of great design by author Robin Williams. Through her straightforward and light-hearted style, Robin has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to make their designs look professional using four surprisingly simple principles. Now in its fourth edition, The Non-Designer's Design Book offers even more practical design advice, including a new chapter on the fundamentals of typography, more quizzes and exercises to train your Designer Eye, updated projects for you to try, and new visual and typographic examples to inspire your creativity. Whether you're a Mac user or a Windows user, a type novice, or an aspiring graphic designer, you will find the instruction and inspiration to approach any design project with confidence. THIS ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO DESIGN WILL TEACH YOU The four principles of design that underlie every design project How to design with color How to design with type How to combine typefaces for maximum effect How to see and think like a professional designer Specific tips on designing newsletters, brochures, flyers, and other projects
Ever been tired of reading and digesting a bunch of tedious numbers or words on a list, form, or bar chart? Playful Data will save you from this chronic headache by featuring some of the most brilliant, playful, illustration-based infographic projects from gifted illustrators, artists, scientists, or graphic designers worldwide.
Global Newsstream provides today's global news content – with archives that stretch back into the 1980s – from over 2,800 news sources including newspapers, newswires, transcripts, video, and digital-first content in full-text format. The subscription includes full-text access to the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, as well as international newspapers from Europe, Canada, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East.