While you undoubtedly eat, sleep and breathe M2M and connected devices, Internet of Things companies often face the challenge of sharing passion for complex technologies with various audiences. How do you make people quickly understand how big data and the IoT work together? What embedded computing systems can do for healthcare? Or, describe the benefits of a sensor in a way that doesn’t make a non-technical person’s eyes glaze over? Infographics (information + graphics) are an increasingly popular medium to explain IoT. The concept – show, don’t tell — has stood the test of time.
When you stop to think about it, cavemen recognized the power of visual storytelling and depicted some pretty big concepts in prehistoric cave paintings. For our ancestors, understanding prey and predators came under the category of must know vs. nice-to-know. The cave paintings found in the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France are not only impressive, but The Smithsonian Magazine writes that the graphical images were surprisingly accurate in their depiction of the way four-legged animals walk. Lesson learned? If the first infographics worked to explain life or death concepts, they’re a great way to explain technology. Remember, it’s a snapshot, not a novel. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Here are a few examples of infographics we love.
If you’re looking for solid information on data visualization, we recommend “The Wall Street Journal: Guide to Information Graphics” by Dona Wong, former graphics director at The Wall Street Journal and business graphics editor at The New York Times. Of course, “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information,” by Edward Tufte, a pioneer in data visualization and the infographic guru who coined the phrase “chartjunk.” Plus, you can’t go wrong with “Infographics for Dummies.”
And, if you’d like to find out how content + infographics can create connections for your IoT company, give Calysto a call or email Marissa Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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