Students in ENGL 306, Introduction to Professional Writing, used interviews of practicing professional writers as a guide to produce an infographic for Purdue University’s Professional Writing Showcase.
After reading about five interview reports, students prepared a one-page visual that uses text and images to clearly and entertainingly convey the general scope of what students learned from writing and reading the interview reports. Students used a graphic manipulation software (mostly Photoshop, some Illustrator) in order to produce this infographic, and followed basic guidelines for creating such a document. Two full class periods were devoted to production, but students often needed to spend additional time outside of class to complete the project. Standards of good graphic design applied, including issues of color, repetition, alignment, proximity, contrast, coherence, and clarity. Students also produced a large version of their infographic, printed in good quality on 12” x 18” card stock (matte, not glossy).
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