Free talk explores infographics

**UPDATE: This event was postponed to Friday, Jan. 19, 2018.

The College's next faculty colloquium will explore infographics as a communication and persuasion tactic throughout history and today.

English professor Dr. Patricia Hagen, who has been with the College since 1990, will present "Infographics: What, When, Why, How?" at 3:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in Tower Hall room 4119. The event is free and open to the public.

She'll discuss what were arguably the first infographics, images created about 32,000 years ago in Lascaux and other caves. A more modern founder may be Florence Nightingale, who in 1857 used the "coxcomb chart" - a combination of stacked bar and pie charts - to persuade Queen Victoria to improve conditions in military hospitals.

Others would argue that Edward Tufte's groundbreaking seminar in 1975 on the visual display of quantitative information was the true spark that ignited the infographic movement. What is unarguable is that with the advent of (relatively) easy-to-use software, infographics have gone mainstream as a viable means of information, persuasion, and even entertainment.

After briefly defining infographics, Hagen will discuss when and why infographics are a viable means of communication, both in general terms and as a teaching tool. To illustrate how infographics are created - and to provide a brief introduction to design thinking - she will then discuss the process she used to create an infographic, from topic selection through display decisions to aesthetic considerations.

The 40-minute presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and refreshments will be served. The colloquium series provides visibility to diverse research projects by faculty members in St. Scholastica's School of Arts and Letters.