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Alissa Scheller at Malofiej 23

How to cope with the graphics demands of a top online publication

March 22, 2015

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The topic of Alissa Scheller‘s talk, “Infographics and Social Media“, was sure to cause some interest – after all, the Internet has deeply impacted the media landscape, and social media changed the whole model of content distribution. Understanding that people are changing their reading habits is essential in this new reality.

Alissa is part of the infographics team at The Huffington Post, where she produces different types of maps, charts and illustrations on a wide range of topics, including religion, the environment, politics, and health. She previously worked at a Washington, D.C. political think tank as a graphic designer, creating page layouts and infographics, and she has an academic background in journalism, graphic design, and art history at American University in Washington, D.C.

Alissa explained how she copes with the Huffignton Posts’ specific context. A good part of her time is actually spent in research, and one of the key points she mentioned is that she tries to encourage writers as much as possible to use tools that can create clean, nice visualization – something that communicates directly with the level of visual and data literacy inside a modern newsroom.

Here are some of the examples Alissa shared (click through the images to go to the original article):

Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post
Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You’d Be So Wrong | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post
Why Black Women Are Less Likely To Survive Breast Cancer | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post
Why Black Women Are Less Likely To Survive Breast Cancer | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post
Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post
Here’s A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You | Alissa Scheller | The Huffington Post

Check out Alissia’s website for a deeper look at her portfolio, and connect with her on Twitter (@alissascheller) and LinkedIn.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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