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An introduction to the use of graphics and visuals in technical writing including when and how to use charts and graphs and how to describe them.

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Intro to Graphics and Visuals

  1. 1. Graphics and Visuals Graphics and Visuals Introduction to
  2. 2. Why use visuals When to use visuals How to use visuals Types of visuals to use Agenda
  3. 3. 1. Understand the role of visuals in technical communication. 2. Determine when to use visuals 3. Select the right visuals 4. Increase the appeal and effectiveness of visuals Learning Outcomes
  4. 4. Why Visuals are Important
  5. 5. Readers want more than just raw information.
  6. 6. They want the information shaped and enhanced so they can understand the information at a glance.
  7. 7. Visuals help readers understand which information is important, what they should focus on.
  8. 8. The trend in this graph would be difficult to visualize if it was just a set of numbers.
  9. 9. When to Use Visuals
  10. 10. You should use visuals when they can make your point more clearly than written words.
  11. 11. Use visuals to clarify and support your discussion and direct your readers’ attention.
  12. 12. Types of Visuals
  13. 13. Tables Display organized data across columns and rows for easy comparison.
  14. 14. Translate numbers into shapes, shades and patterns. Charts and Graphs
  15. 15. Rely on pictures rather than data or words. Graphics and Illustrations
  16. 16. Using Visuals Professionally
  17. 17. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply:
  18. 18. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply: Use a number and title for each graphic and make sure you refer to it by its number.
  19. 19. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply: Keep the design easy to read and understand.
  20. 20. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply: Label all parts of the visual.
  21. 21. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply: Place the visual near the text it is helping to describe.
  22. 22. Regardless of the type of graphic, there are certain requirements that always apply: Cite your sources.
  23. 23. Describing Visuals
  24. 24. We use visuals to make the information easy to process.
  25. 25. So when we write about the information, we don’t have to mention everything.
  26. 26. Start by referring to the graphic by its number and state what it shows.
  27. 27. Then explain the main idea the audience should take from the graphic.
  28. 28. Follow that up with more detailed information.
  29. 29. Finally, remind the audience of the message you want them to take away.
  30. 30. main idea
  31. 31. main idea details
  32. 32. main idea details reminder
  33. 33. REVIEW

An introduction to the use of graphics and visuals in technical writing including when and how to use charts and graphs and how to describe them.

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