Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hiram Henriquez's "The Importance of Explanatory Infographics in Journalism"

This year I'm busy with my PhD dissertation (see its title here,) so expect some posts about sources that I'm planning to quote. The first one is Hiram HenrĂ­quez's “The Importance of Explanatory Infographics in Journalism” (PDF.) Hiram is a colleague of mine at the School of Communication of the University of Miami, where he landed after a long career in the news.

The aforementioned document is the thesis Hiram wrote for his MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design, and it's worth your time. It describes the demise of the traditional news graphics department, and the rise of web visualization and news animation. Its tone is somber, as Hiram believes that the disappearance of the large print infographics that newspapers embraced in the 80s and the 90s is a negative phenomenon.

As you'll see when I make my own dissertation public, likely by March 2017, my view of the changes news infographics has experienced in the past decade is more optimistic — no matter how much I love big graphics myself!