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Graphics: When and How to Use Them TC 151: Visual Communication Important Points: Graphics can more easily convey COMPLEX information Therefore graphics can make information easier to understand. Graphics can also make information easy to find Use Graphics only for a Specific Purpose

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Graphics when and how to use them l.jpg

Graphics: When and How to Use Them

TC 151: Visual Communication


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Important Points:

  • Graphics can more easily convey COMPLEX information

  • Therefore graphics can make information easier to understand.

  • Graphics can also make information easy to find


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Use Graphics only for a Specific Purpose

  • To show how to perform an action.

  • To show how something looks or what should result.

  • To make complicated information easy to understand.


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To show how to perform an action.


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To show how something looks or what should result.

  • Once the Internet Explorer icon is selected, you should see the New Mexico Tech home page.

  • You should see the following screen:


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To make complicated information easy to understand.


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Text creates an “Anchor” for Graphics


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Graphical Elements

  • Graphical elements enhance and support text.

  • Graphical elements can break up information, enhance information, focus attention, and make the page aesthetically pleasing.

  • Graphical elements help create consistency throughout.


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How to Use Graphics and Graphical Elements

  • Divide the document into grids and align elements within those grids

  • Utilize space around elements to frame the elements

  • Try to fill up space with combinations of text and graphics


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How to Use Graphics and Graphical Elements

  • Use graphical elements for emphasis

  • Use graphics to explain something


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