This week's reading for my 'Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization' class were the Introduction and 1st chapter to Alberto Cairo's The Fuctional Art. The book's introduction explains four major themes concerning using infographics correctly. Some of these themes include proclamations like how 'The brain doesn't process info that comes through the eyes, but creates mental images that allow us to reason actions that facilitate survival' or that 'Graphics, charts, and maps aren't just tools to be seen, but to be read and scrutinized.' The two chapters also explain the foundations to using infographics as an operating work of art by using their visuals to communicate the systematic facts found in another intellectual's research. The main reason many publications, authors, and scientists, and specialists in academia use infographics to visualize their theories consists of the basic fact that visuals with a satisfactory summarization facilitate the mind better learn a new idea or theory. Cairo includes a chart in The Functional Art's first chapter depicting the process of an image transitioning to basic, uninterpreted info into knowledge into wisdom, relating how data visualization is a crucial method to speed up this process in tandem with the data's original results. The most intersting tidbit I received from the reading is when Cairo explained towards the end of the first chapter that, "the role of an info architecht is to anticipaate the process and generate order before people's brains try to do it on their own." Basically, info designers use their work to accelerate the brain's decoding of factual information, rather than letting the reader decode it based off their personal opinion. It helps provide an objective opinion, if used correctly, to the research without having to fight through using objective language.
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