1. I think I am going to focus on the topic of recycling. I don’t think there are too many misconceptions about the benefits of it, but I think that people don’t quite understand the magnitude or importance of the issue.   I try to recycle as much as I can and I try to influence my friends to do the same.  I want to work on making the earth more sustainable with my engineering degree and I think that this is a good place to start.
  2. The goal of my infographic is to inform people of how much recycling can benefit the earth and what it means to not recycle.
  3. The audience for my infographic is mainly people of my generation. I think that people in their teens and twenties will be critical to sustainability in the future.  I hope to portray the importance of recycling to these people.
  4. I think my infographic will be more persuasive because it will use strong comparisons. I want my infographic to show how much recycling can actually benefit the earth and how much recycling can harm the earth.  By comparing the magnitude of recycled products to common, relatable things, I think my message will be understood very clearly.
  5. Two infographics that I would use as inspiration for my work are English by the Book and Email: Not Dead, Evolving. I would use English by the Book because it uses blocks of various sizes to show the magnitude of something, without directly using a bar graph.  The other one has a similar effect, but I am drawn to the way it uses color to create distinctions between different categories.
  6. I will need information about how much is recycled and the numerical benefits of that are. I will also look at numbers that show how much the earth can gain from recycling or how much it can be harmed by not recycling.  I think that scientific journal entries could be a useful tool on this topic.  I am unsure if government sites will have a lot of information, but I think that newspaper article could also be useful.

What is your general view on recycling?  Do you know the benefits of recycling?  How accessible is recycling in your everyday life?

Final Infographic

Final Infographic JPEG

My friends give me a hard time for always making sure that they recycle all of their paper, cans, bottles, etc.  I wanted to look at this topic and find facts about how beneficial recycling can be for us and our society.  A common misconception with the current generation is that recycling doesn’t make that much of a difference, but it does.  My infographic shows that recycling can make a very large difference in our country.  My infographic also shows the potential that recycling has because we still aren’t recycling at a 100% rate.

I think my infographic shows information well because of the use of graphs and charts.  I took the raw data and made it easier to read and compare.  The side by side bar graphs and progress meters really allowed for the reader to compare multiple things at one time.  I also think that the layout of the infographic shows a relationship between the various topics.  Arranging “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” around the famous recycling triangle allowed for natural movement throughout the different graphs.

I modified a few graphs to make the information more readable and understandable.  I initially had the Recycle chart as a bar graph, but I later realized that a percentage meter would be much easier to interpret.  I think that using a header/title for each chart was an effective was to separate all of the information.  Adding a sentence or two explaining each chart was also helpful.  Doing those things allowed for each of the graphs to be easily accessible and easy to understand.

I am most proud of the way that I used phrases associated with recycling in my infographic.  I think that using “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” in my infographic really brought my whole infographic together.  By looking at each part of that phrase, I was able to provide a wide variety of information about recycling.  I am also proud of my color scheme throughout the infographic because the different shades of green emphasized the “Go Green” motto.  I think all of the different greens stood out individually, even though there were so many different shades.

This project made me understand why some colleges offer majors in this particular field.  It is very difficult to portray information like this, especially with no prior experience.  Doing a project of this magnitude takes more than just the ability to research.  You must take that research and manipulate it into something that everyone can understand at a glance.  It requires the ability to understand how people perceive information, which is something that takes a lot of practice to master.  I think it also requires an artistic eye to see what shapes, colors, etc. work well together within the infographic.



  1. Kenton · September 24, 2015

    Are you going to get an environmental minor? That would be very helpful with your career path if this is truly what you wish to do. Also, your use of color to categorize recycling will be a big factor in your infographic. Many people do not know the various versions of recycling so colors will add a very nice, simple scheme. I would possibly add a before the Go Green movement started and after it started statistics on waste, pollution, and the environment. Good idea!


  2. sarahesummers2014 · September 24, 2015

    I think this is a really good idea. It might be cool to look at it from a large-scale prospective (like recycling across the U.S.) and the have a small section on recycling here at Rose. Dr. Evans would have lots of data on that that I bet she’d be willing to share. In fact, I bet she’d love to see your finished project!


  3. Kenton · October 2, 2015

    Bib Board reply:

    1. Make sure that your partner has met the following requirements
    has at least eight pins (check)
    uses credible sources for at least eight of the pins (check)
    includes at least three scholarly sources (check-1 edu, 1 gov, 1
    has a 2-3 sentence caption for each pin (check-periods are on point)
    Note any requirements that the board doesn’t meet.

    2. How would you rate the quality of the captions? Do they provide a clear summary of the source and describe how the source is relevant to the project? Which captions could use improvement?

    (Good quality captions, very descriptive and concise. The captions summarize all of the sources clearly and explain the relevance to the project. I like all the captions, but if I had to work on one, I would work on the EBSCO host source caption.)

    3. What research (either types of research or content) seems to be missing from the board? What sources would you recommend that the writer add before submitting the final project?

    (Possibly a source from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since they kind of head the recycling, Go Green movement, this would be a great source.)

    4. What one, specific thing could the writer do to improve the Bib Board before submitting it?

    (I like your board, but maybe add a background photo for the bib board to make it cool!)


  4. murrdadog · October 6, 2015

    Pretty cool infographic! I especially like how easy the charts were to read and understand. Also, the infographic overall is appealing to the eye! I am guilty of sometimes throwing away recyclable materials out of laziness. This infographic is now gonna make me think twice about throwing that Gatorade bottle into the trash.


  5. lippywm · October 6, 2015

    I really like your infographic. The use of visuals and charts makes the infographic easy to read and understand with a quick glance. Also, I really like the use of color and the consistency you maintain throughout the infographic. I found the part talking about the time it takes to recycle the most persuasive because it addresses the most common excuse for not recycling.


  6. caitiw · October 6, 2015

    Your Infographic on recycling is great! It is visually appealing and has a path for the eye to follow easily. You include useful visual aids. I really liked your ‘Our Nation’ visual and the graph showing the fun fact about aluminum generating enough power to run a refrigerator for 28 years.


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