In 2008, fresh out of grad school, I was working for a small nonprofit collecting housing data. At the time, I was testing out visualizing the information we were collecting into snapshot reports. The data dashboards and “infographic” style designs were getting positive feedback, but were only a portion of my workload.
I wanted to do more.
With an undergraduate degree in design and graduate degree in planning and public affairs, I loved the idea of combining design with data and critical thinking. The problem was, no one was hiring for that position at the time.
Like any good ambitious 20 something, I decided that was enough reason to go off on my own (in a collapsing economy might I add) to become an independent information designer.
I found myself spending most of my time explaining to people what an infographic was and the potential benefits of creating one.
I fell in love. It was like they had gone into my brain and summarized exactly what I wanted to do at My Visual Voice.
Nearly ten years later, I still think this little guide does a nice job summarizing why an organization should care about visuals and information graphics.
I encourage you to take a look.