Visualization Tools – Microsoft Word’s SmartArt

26 Nov
You can use Microsoft Word’s SmarArt as a visualization tool. The SmartArt feature can create all kinds of diagrams to illustrate concepts and processes in your document. Word 2010 includes several diagram types from which to choose, including list, process, cycle, hierarchy, relationship, matrix, pyramid, and picture (see examples below).
Tips from Marcy Phelps’ Article:
Always begin with the end in mind. First decide what information you want to convey, and then determine the best graphics for your purpose.
Know your audience. What are their goals? How do they like to recieve information, and how will they use it?
Make sure your diagrams serve a purpose besides adding color or other decoration to your slides or documents. Use them only to help readers.
Keep it simple, and include only what’s needed to convey the information. Effects such as 3D can distort the data and cause readers to draw incorrect conclusions. Keep grid lines and text in titles and labels to a miniumum, and let the graphic tell the story.
Phelps, Marcy, “Visualization Tools for Turning Information Into Insight”. Online: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals. 36.5 (2012): 15-19. Print.
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Article, Teaching Tools, Technology


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