April 22nd, 2014


How to Communicate Visually 

For all you visualizaton junkies, (or really just anyone who dares to make an infographic), a fantastic free e-book from Column Five Media on visual communication (applicable to designers, editors, advertisers or academics). Image is a screenshot from the book, which you can download here.

Reblogged from The FJP
November 27th, 2013

“A portfolio should be designed to spark a conversation” | Columbia Visuals

Curt Chandler, who teaches communications and multimedia at Penn State, offers advice to young photographers on building and shopping around their portfolios.

Chandler has also worked with the Student Newsroom at ONA conferences for years, pushing young journalists to produce professional-grade visual documentation of the event. Pay attention to his excellent advice

December 14th, 2012


A few months ago we challenged designers to illustrate our report examining how tablet computers are changing the news business. Congratulations to our three winners, whose infographics are published on the visual.ly blog.

Reblogged from The Economist
August 22nd, 2012
July 5th, 2012


Visual Storytelling on Steroids

This is one slide from an incredible example of how graphic journalists are mashing up audio, photography and illustration to tell complex and in-depth stories.

This piece from Luke Radl focuses on the NATO protests in Chicago last month. Matt Bors of Cartoon Movement notes in an email that this may be the first cartoon in which all the text is in HTML, therefore search engine friendly.

Click through the entire piece, listen to the audio and check out the photos here: http://www.cartoonmovement.com/icomic/38 

P.S. For more great graphics journalism see Susie Cagle’s Tumblr.

This is amazing. 

Reblogged from Talking To Strangers
March 30th, 2012

 What Journalists Can Learn From: Webcomics

Looking for ways to rethink your web design? Maybe you should take a tip from the publishers of web comics. As Latoya Peterson points out, “Webcomics sites blend styles, incorporating the most recent work, comments and social media all in one central location.”

Check out the full list of helpful things that journalists can learn from webcomics

Interested in learning more about the intersection between comics and  journalism? Our upcoming ONAvation webinar with Erin Polgreen of Symbolia Magazine is a perfect place to start. She’ll show you how visual journalism can generate web traffic and provide a engaging entry point into complex stories. Sign up here. 

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