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Tech Coffee Break – Dec. 5, 2016

Dena Kemmet led the conversation beginning with a discussion on infographics in preparation for Impact Statements due January 15. Impact reports are now called impact statements. Staff are encouraged to incorporate photos and infographics into the new template. The goal is to make the data more visually pleasing to our target audiences.

The webinar Kelli Armbruster and Dave Haasser led on infographics is at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/agcomm/lets-communicate/agriculture-communication-infographics-webinar-available. Dave said the main goal is to simplify the information.

Kelli explained that infographic is a way to present complicated information or ideas in a way that’s visually interesting or easier to understand: timeline, graph, size comparison, etc. It’s a way for people to see the impact quickly. She suggests Canva, Piktochart and Easelly as free software to make quick and easy infographics. These options have templates, drop-in graphics and other details that are designed to help nonprofessionals have their work look more polished.

Kelli and Dave encouraged staff to stick with green and gold/yellow, yet when people see green and gold/yellow, they often think of NDSU. Use official NDSU colors according to Ag Communication website.

The discussion moved to the topic of using photos in impact statements.

Dena asked for a way to share photos with other staff. Stacy Wang recommended sharing photos on Google Photos. You can invite people to see them there.

Photos could be shared in OneDrive or Ag Info Center, but there are programs designed for photo sharing. Ag Comm is adding selected photos to a gallery in ZenPhoto to develop something similar to the University Relations Photo Gallery at https://www.ndsu.edu/vpur/resources/photo_gallery/. Mike suggested an Extension folder on the University Relations Photo Gallery.

Anyone who wants to work on ideas for all-Extension photo sharing should email Dena who will work with the Innovation Team.

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