After watching a documentary, create an infographic that shows your understanding of it and informs others. Infographics are visual representations of information, such as graphs, charts, timelines, diagrams, tables or illustrations. You do not have to be a graphic designer to create a visual representation of information, especially if you use one of many online tools available these days. As you reflect on why you have created your infographic, refer to what inspired you from the stimulus source (the documentary). Furthermore, explain how you turned rough notes and research into your infographic, using the digital tools that you used.
Model portfolio entry
WHAT: Here is the infographic that I created after watching 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVerney. It shows a summary of the movie, a timeline of incarceration numbers in the US and several facts, paired with iconic images.
WHY: Because the numbers and statistics on incarceration and race in the US were so shocking, I wanted to let them speak for themselves. This is why I kept my infographic simple, with only 6 major facts, surrounded by a lot of negative space, and a timeline that documents prison population numbers in the US between 1970 and 2020. I went for a black font on a sepia background, because that had the look and feel of a wanted poster, which suited the topic.
HOW: After reading my notes, I could see that it was a big, complicated documentary about the war on drugs, politics, slavery and so much more. The thin red line that ran through the whole documentary, however, was the growing incarceration rates of African Americans. So I decided to focus on this. I went onto the documentary's website to find out more about this topic specifically. I also took a quotation from the 'about' section of the site for the upper-right corner of my poster/infographic. Using Adobe Photoshop was an easy decision for me, because I use it more often to design cool graphic designs. I checked out other infographics on documentaries and templates on Canva for inspiration. I could easily find iconic images online of hand cuffs and Obama's silhouette and I turned them into black vector diagrams.
SO WHAT: All in all, I think I did an excellent job. My success was probably due to the fact that I'm good at Photoshop and love graphic art and design. I'm happy I didn't focus on all aspects of the movie but on a few key points. I hope to do more assignments like this in the future, perhaps when I prepare my individual oral and explore an interesting global issue, like incarceration and the racist prison industry.
This activity is good for visualising a documentary and identifying key points. When the posters are shared in class, everyone gets a different perspective on the stimulus text. This is good for preparing an individual oral.