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Fees (include HST, snacks, and lunch)

  • Editors Canada member: $275
  • Non-member: $400

Cancellation policy

If the branch cancels a seminar, we will fully refund registration fees. If a registrant wants to cancel, the following terms apply:

  • Cancellations are accepted up to one week before the seminar date.
  • There is a $30 cancellation fee per seminar.
  • Send an email to to cancel your registration.

Seminars are held at the Capital Hill Hotel & Suites88 Albert St., Ottawa, ON, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019—The Sweet Spot: Editing Infographics 

As editors, we live for words. But if we only use words in our toolbox, we’re missing out on the power of data and images. Where the three overlap is the sweet spot: Infographics. Many organizations—including the federal government—are putting more time into infographics to engage, inform and entertain readers. It’s said that we remember 30% of what we see but only 10% of what we read. As editors, we should improve our visual literacy–it’s the way the world is turning. Luckily, we don’t need to be designers to edit infographics.

Using real-world examples of infographics, this hands-on seminar will give participants the confidence to handle the most common types of infographics and add value to any project. This seminar is aimed at editors working on infographics intended for a general audience, though some more specialized contexts will also be covered.

Topics Covered

  • Four main purposes of infographics (to inform, to explain, to persuade, and to entertain) and how to ensure an infographic achieves its purpose
  • Science behind how we perceive visual information and what that means for editing infographics

Features of the most common types of infographics (e.g., Venn diagrams, process diagrams, flow charts, bubble charts, data maps, hierarchical infographics, decision trees, pictographs, schematic diagrams, timelines, statistical infographics, comparisons)

  • Top mistakes infographic creators make and how to fix them
  • How to handle statistics in infographics even if you’re not a math whiz
  • What to do with an infographic at every stage of editing, from substantive to proofreading

Not Covered

  • Bar charts, line charts, pie charts, and scatter charts

​​Laurel Hyatt has been a journalist, writer, and editor for more than 30 years. She has worked in-house at Statistics Canada and freelance for the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, as well as on university textbooks in accounting, psychology, management, and statistics–all of which use a heck of a lot of infographics.

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