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):