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"Whether you claim color blindness or visual perfection, chances are you’re literally not seeing the full picture.
Now the folks at X-Rite, an organization specializing in the technology and science of color, and owner of the popular Pantone color system, are offering you the chance to actually test your “color IQ” online." . . .
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The complaint of "death by PowerPoint" is often voiced by audiences forced to sit through screen after screen of overstuffed bullet-point slides. But presentations don't need to be so dull. As students learn in Bovee and Thill texts, the most important design decision for a presentation is whether to use conventional structured slides or the looser, free-form slides that many presentation specialists now advocate. If the text you're currently using is teaching only conventional bullet-point slide design, it isn't preparing students for the expectations of today's workplace.
Bovee and Thill textbooks are noted for their coverage of visual communication. As part of "Understanding Visual Communication," the book discusses the power of images, the visual evolution in business communication, visual design principes, and the ethics of visual communication. Plus, only Bovee and Thill discuss infographics in depth.
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Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. It's a social networking and social publishing site based on photos and videos. . .
Hotels aren't always completely honest when it comes to the photos they post on their websites.
Professional reviewers from hotel review website Oyster visited vacation properties from Barbados to Boston, and the photos they took didn't quite match up with the online fantasy.
This latest collection of "photo fakeouts" serves as a cautionary tale for anyone planning a vacation and relying solely on hotel websites. Some of these photo "upgrades" are so egregious, you'll think you are looking at pictures of two completely different properties. Prepare to be shocked! . . .
"Be sure to check out these visuals before your next trip."
Oyster visits hotels in person, takes hundreds of photos of each, and posts them so our visitors know exactly what they're booking into. There's a huge difference between the photos we take and the ones on other travel sites.
The stunning designs you'll find via this blog post are proof that it's not PowerPoint or Keynote that are to blame for mediocre presentations, but the way they are used.
To quote the author: "There’s a certain art to putting together a solid presentation and PowerPoint and Keynote are the primary tools of the trade. The “art” comes into play when you’re trying to set yourself apart; so how you use the tools is of great importance.
Often it is the design of the presentation itself that does the trick. In an effort to help you put together a great-looking presentation, here are 28 examples of creative presentation designs using Powerpoint and Keynote." . . .
"Nothing you see is real."
Here is stunning computer-generated imagery.
These are pictures created by professionals in the field, and the end results look like photographs. . .
Venezuelan artist Jesus Gonzales Rodriguez creates mind-twisting images by putting together multiple photographs of a person and cutting along the edges.
Every image is made up of a frontal and side-view photograph pieced together to form an optical illusion in which the portraits look normal at a glance, but only until your eyes detect the outlying visage. . .
Visual communications, especially presentations, are an opportunity to distill complex information into digestible pieces. Here’s a collection of visual communication blogs to inspire your next great presentation.
Here are libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data.
Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. Many of these tools are relatively simple to use, and others are more advanced. . .
Are you looking for a textbook with the perfect balance of timeless principles and cutting-edge practices? Excellence in Business Communication, 10th Edition, offers this perfect balance, because it helps students master the fundamentals of professional communication while also preparing them for the broader expectations they'll encounter in today's workplace. This video takes you step-by-step through the 30 elements included in this text that will help you become a better business communication instructor.
Excellence in Business Communication has been used by over 2 million students to help them master essential skills for succeeding on the job. This tenth edition extends that tradition by offering an unmatched set of tools that simplify teaching, promote active learning, and stimulate critical thinking
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ike many designers, Eric Rodenbeck has had a long relationship with bar graphs and pie charts. He just thinks they are a little old school for today’s data-filled world.
Mr. Rodenbeck has experimented with animation, three-dimensional maps that show the height of buildings by color changes and a representation of how photos spread on Facebook that looks like ice crystals forming on a car window. He’s even tried to characterize in a graphic how people were communicating in back channels at business conferences, with the biggest talkers at the center of a series of circles. . .
"Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate."
"Visual thinking is a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagrams."
Some great how-to video demos here by Dave Gray.
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"For the first in any business communication text, a section is devoted to infographics."
Infographics are a special class of diagrams that can convey both data as well as concepts or ideas. In addition, they contain enough visual and textual information to function as independent, standalone documents. They've become a staple of online communication in recent years and are becoming important business communication tools in such areas of process design, training, and even résumés.
Video has become a core business medium. In fact, one could argue that video is almost as revolutionary as social media, given how many business messages that were once delivered in written format are now delivered via video.
And just as document design, presentation slides, web writing, and other tasks moved out of the specialist realm and became mainstream skill expectations, many employees are now expected to be able to do basic video work for training courses, product demos, video news releases, customer service, and other routine applications.
With companies such as Zappos encouraging video uploads from job applicants, video could become significant in employment communication as well.
This video discusses an important medium that has now, for the first time, been integrated into a business communication text's visual media chapter.Video has become a core business medium. In fact, one could argue that video is almost as revolutionary as social media, given how many business messages that were once delivered in written format are now delivered via video.
And just as document design, presentation slides, web writing, and other tasks moved out of the specialist realm and became mainstream skill expectations, many employees are now expected to be able to do basic video work for training courses, product demos, video news releases, customer service, and other routine applications. With companies such as Zappos encouraging video uploads from job applicants, video could become significant in employment communication as well.Just as Courtand Bovee and John Thill were the first business communication authors to cover social media, they now once again lead the way in new topic coverage by adding a unique section on video production as part of Chapter 9, Visual Media, in their text, Business Communication Today, 12th Ed. It guides students through preproduction, production, and post production, with simple hands-on advice at each stage.Students can learn even more about video production by visiting a website described in one of the book's Learn More features that offers a wealth of advice on producing quality videos.As more and more companies rely on video for internal and external communication, learning some basic video skills will make students more effective and more valuable communicators. You are strongly encouraged to include video production as part of your full-spectrum business communication course. Business Communication Today, 12th Edition, would be the ideal text for you to use, because it's the only business communication text that offers coverage of business video.
Powerful facts about visual communication, especially the way graphics affects us both cognitively and emotionally.
Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text? Or how about the fact that they are processed simultaneously?
Ever wonder why you can process visuals so much faster than text? This is because visuals are processed simultaneously whereas words are processed sequentially.
Did you know that visual imagery is more powerful than words alone when used to communicate a message to an audience. . .
Powerful Facts about Visual Communication
Humans are visual creatures. Most of us process information based on what we see. 65 percent of us are visual learners, according to the Social Science Research Network.
Humans are visual creatures. Most of us process information based on what we see. 65 percent of us are visual learners, according to the Social Science Research Network.Social media has created this intense desire and opportunity to share what we learn. Most of us enjoy sharing ideas, especially when there’s a video or a photograph or drawing. . .
From blogs to short 140-character tweets to pictures, social media content is transforming from text to images.
Use visuals – pictures, images, infographics, videos, graphics, slideshows, and animations – to create emotional connections with a company, says Donna Moritz, a visual marketing specialist and founder of the blog Socially Sorted. Try to showcase not just your product, but also the culture and message behind a brand, she adds.
NOTE: You'll find a full chapter on Designing Visual Communication in Business Communication Today, 11th Edition. It's the only business communication text on the market that helps students understand visual communication and teaches students visual design principles.
Business Communication Today also
(1) Discusses the principles of graphic design that ensure effective visuals,
(2) Explains how to avoid ethical lapses when using visuals,
(3) Explains how to choose which points in a message to illustrate,
(4) Describes the most common options for presenting data in a visual format,
(5) Describes the most common options for presenting information, concepts, and ideas, and
(6) Lists the three criteria for reviewing visuals in order to verify the quality of the visuals.
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Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context.
At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles across the Internet. . .
You can create infographics - visual representations of data - from scratch using free web tools. Educator Linda W. Braun takes you step by step.
You can create infographics, visual representations of data, from scratch using free web tools. Library consultant and educator, Linda W. Braun, takes you step by step through making your own infographics using easel.ly and info.gram. . .