Week 13.2: Blog Post -Tufte, “Visual Explanations”

While reading the article by Tufte named, “Visual Explanations.” I could not stop thinking about seeing before and after shots of Hurricane Sandy and it’s damage along the tri-states borders.statenisland-ny-beforeafter-edit

The before and after shot’s often become a great weapon for a digital journalist when trying to his or her article more interactive, often the consumer (reader) will get so drawn in by the photography that the picture will wind up telling most of your story for you.

In modern day journalism, the content provider can also pinpoint the location for the consumer by applying a digital map to his work, to give the reader a better perspective on where a certain location had taken place, in relations to landmarks such as schools, beaches or memorials.

Midland Beach  Staten Island  NY   Google Maps

Visual and Audio media can also play a major role in the evolution of modern digital reporting, as keeping a consumers attention as become allot harder over the last few years, due to the demand for more up to the second news. Both give the consumer a chance to get a more personal feel into the story by hearing and seeing what actions the words are describing.

Another type of Visual that gives the consumer a better understanding is using graphs like the one below. Not only does it draw the readers eye, but it is informal. But to much graphics can distract from the overal point especially if the info-graph is misleading.

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One Response to Week 13.2: Blog Post -Tufte, “Visual Explanations”

  1. Amber says:

    Great examples here. Those Hurricane Sandy photos are just devastating, and they reminded me of how popular some of those images were after the storm. Everyone was trying to understand the impact of the devastation.

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