EnviroThursday - “Intro to Infodesign: Visual Stories Inspire Sustainability”

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Thursday Nov 8, 2018
Olin-Rice Science Center 250

Speaker:  Arlene Birt, Founder and Chief Visual Storyteller at Background Stories

Dataviz, infographics and visual storytelling are a powerful concoction to inform and engage on sustainability. Because graphics are an important method of showing complex systems, visuals can be a useful tool to help audiences relate to and connect with environmental data. Arlene Birt will discuss techniques to communicate sustainability messages and data to a variety of audiences – based on how humans actually interpret visual information. She’ll also look at what type of graph to use in which scenario to visually present info in a way that is relevant to audiences.

Arlene Birt is founder and chief visual storyteller at Background Stories—an information design consultancy that works with organizations in the US, EU and UK—that translates complex ideas, systems and metrics into clear visuals that help people (especially non-experts) understand sustainability.  She is also a public artist and professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, teaching courses on infodesign, data visualization and sustainability since 2008.

Refreshments provided.

Contact: Ann Esson,

This event is for: Students, Staff, Faculty and Public

Sponsored By: Environmental Studies

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