The old adage ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ often rings true when it comes to crafting a presentation. Whether it’s a graph that helps your audience better understand a complicated concept or an evocative photograph that allows them to glimpse into another world, images are powerful storytelling tools (see Hans Rosling’s TED Talk The best stats you’ve ever seen for a first-rate example). As TED-Ed Club Members search for the visuals that best tell their stories, we called in The New Yorker writer and cartoonist Liza Donnelly and TED-Ed animator Jeremiah Dickey to share some helpful hints on the matter.
TED-Ed Club Members from Georgia, Missouri and Botswana worked with Liza and Jeremiah, delving into everything from how to develop their own visuals to the more nitty-gritty process of pacing visuals throughout a presentation. Liza and Jeremiah helped one TED-Ed Club Member brainstorm ways to make a fun, intuitive infographic about overfishing (spoiler: using a segmented graph in the form of a fish) and helped another think about a visual showing the nomenclature of dinosaurs. We definitely can’t wait to see those in the forthcoming presentations!
Some main pointers Liza and Jeremiah shared:
Interested in hearing more about using visuals? You can watch the entire workshop with Liza and Jeremiah here: