When: Thursday June 25, 2015 at noon EST
Where: Twitter #KMbChat
Topic: One Infographic is Worth a Thousand Reports: a visual approach to knowledge mobilization (KMb)
Guest Post by Dave Walker, Technical Analyst /Analyste technique
Mental Health Commission of Canada / Commission de la santé mentale du Canada
Visual content is a critical part of any communications toolkit. We are wired to process visual information much faster and more effectively than text-based information, and that makes visual content a powerful and efficient tool for knowledge mobilizers.
What is this chat all about?
Visual content can be incorporated into your communications in many ways. In this chat, we will explore using photos, charts, information graphics, and media other than text, charts, and tables to quickly communicate ideas. We will look at examples of effective visuals, and share ideas about what we have done in the past and what we can do in the future. We will also look at incorporating visuals into reports, presentations, posters, and other communications. Come curious, leave inspired!
Visual Content Creation Resources
Resource links (these will also be shared during the chat):
- A Business Guide to Visual Communication (PDF) from visage.co. An excellent visual guide to visual communication with tips, examples, and arguments to help you with your business case for more graphics.
- Daily Infographic A great site for inspiration, learning, and general interest.
- The Power of Visual Communication More information about, well, the power of visual communication.
Come prepared to share your best links!
Who is Dave Walker?
Dave is a technical analyst with the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) Marketing and Communications Department.
Dave has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, video production, visual communication, education, and marketing, including 20 years working in digital media, web design and development, and online strategy. At the Commission, Dave has led a number of digital- and web-oriented knowledge exchange projects, as well as design and development projects for the Commission website. Dave focuses strongly on online methods and techniques of online knowledge exchange, mobilization, and translation.
Dave studied Art History at the University of Toronto before switching into commercial photography at Sheridan College in the early 1990s. He has added several certificates and diplomas in television production, social media, and digital media production since then. He is currently working on a Certificate in Adult Education in eLearning at the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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