Travis Conrad

FYS: World Going Viral

Essay 5

An Analysis of Robert Griffin through Infographics

            Society is changing, we have become a much more visual learning based group.   Graphics and infographics are a very important part of online comprehension and literacy.   Infographics help to put an image with text to provide a better more in depth understanding of what the reader is reading.   Visual literacy, as defined by The Visual Literacy Standards Task Force, is a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use, and create images and visual media (VLTF).   Infographics help many become more visually literate.   A breakdown of Robert Griffin III hits during ten games of the 2012-2013 season was selected for this piece.   The infographic was designed based on an article written about Robert Griffins hits during the 2012-2013 season and how he can avoid the same amount of hits in the future.   Griffin is a quarterback for the Washington Redskins.   It is important for the quarterback to get hit as few times as possible because he is the center of the offense.   A large quantity of hits over an extended period of time can lead to injuries.   The infographic helps one better understand the large scale amount of hits Griffin took during the 2012-2013 season.   

            Today kids are more and more exposed to digital forms of learning.   Although most images are equipped with text, it is still the images that are the key to learning.   The National Art Education Association says that the new integration of visual images helps to promote a deeper understanding of text or sound provided.   In the case provided the article shares about Griffins 152 hits but does not provide a good visualization of those hits.   The graphic provides a better understanding of each type of play Griffin was hit on.   The options shown in the graphic are a designed run play for Griffin, scrambling on a pass play, or getting sacked in the pocket during a pass play.   This part of the infographic supports the article perfectly.   The article discusses the type of plays Griffin was hit on, and suggestions were made as to how Griffin could be hit less during these types of plays.   If one was to just read the article they would have less of an understanding of how often Griffin was exposed to each situation, and percent of times he was hit during these.   This is just one example of how the infographic provided helps the reader get a better understanding of the equipped article.   

            Infographics also help readers learn more.   Similar to society being a visually learning society, we do not read things from start to finish.   Key information needs to be broken down and provided in a much simpler way to comprehend (Anderson).   The chances of an article being read from start to finish are much small.   When reading, our mind just sees long strands of text and tends to get bored.   When a graphic or infographic is attached with the text it requires interpretation, comprehension, visualization, and analyzation.   While doing these things it prevents our mind from getting bored.   Infographics are even more helpful with preventing boredom.   Infographics required a more in depth view of the image, and help the view to get an even better understanding of the equipped text.   Infographics how helped views accomplish the want to only read what is important.   Infographics also keep the mind busy and active while providing the most essential parts of information.   

            Some would argue that infographics do not help viewers, and in fact they end up causing harm.   One of the main arguments against infographics is how confusing they can become.   This is a valid point.   If the illustrator of the infographic attempts to create too much and tell too much of a story with one infographic then they can become very confusing.   Confusing infographics cause a further misinterpretation of an article.   However, these infographics cannot be applied to infographics as a whole.  As one can see from the infographic provided, there are infographics that can be very beneficial.   Others would argue that when viewers examine infographics they tend to skip over the most important parts of the infographic resulting in a deeper confusion than before.  Again, there are exceptions to everything.  Inexperienced infographic producers could tend to not show there main points where viewers are most likely to see them.  Also, if a reader is too lazy to not take a close examination of the infographic, they will not make the time to read a whole article.  Although there are a few critics to infographics, an experienced infographic producer and a reader who is willing to take the time to reader it can silence these critics. 

            Robert Griffin III was a very good young quarterback for the Washington Redskins during the 2012-2013 season.  Many thought that he was being hit too many times for the position he played.  John Kiem went on write an article discussing the large amount of hits Griffin took during the 2012-2013 season.  The article talked about how often Griffin was hit during the season and how this may have affected his season ending injury he suffered on January 6, 2012.  The article goes on to suggest what could be done to prevent this from happening again.  An infographic was created to help the reader get a better understand of the article.  The infographic helped young readers who are being more and more exposed to digital and visual learning.  It also helps to create an easy quick access to information covering the main points of the article.  Although there are a few critics of infographics, they can be very helpful to the viewers.  The infographic and the article complement each other very well and help the reader/view get a better understanding of the points being made in each.