CHECKLIST FOR USING IMAGES (PHOTOS, GRAPHICS, GRAPHS, TABLES, ETC.)
The selective and strategic incorporation of relevant visual elements into your WordPress can significantly enhance your multimodal project in a number of ways. Conversely, the overuse of visual elements or the inclusion of visual elements that serve no clear purpose can have a dramatic negative impact on the effectiveness of your multimodal project.
Notes about including charts and graphs:
- Remember that an effective chart or graph should be easy to read and understand. Too much chart information will make this difficult.
- Images in your WordPress site are often fairly small given the constraints of the template and theme. To mitigate this, please be sure to:
- Before you export the graph or chart as an image, check that all the text in various chart elements such as the chart title, axis titles, axis values, data labels, and legend is larger enough to be legible. Avoid font sizes smaller than 10 pt.
- After you place the image in your WordPress, select it, then add a hyperlink to itself so that it will open full-size in its own tab or window.
Please be mindful of the following when you include an image that is not your own:
- Respect the rights holder: Any visual element – e.g., photograph, graphic, graph, table, or other image – that you did not produce yourself must include attribution to the rights holder.
- This is an easy, two-step process. This post will walk you through how to do it.
- Show AND tell: Images are great, but they should always, always, alwaysadd something to your discussion. Remember, you are not writing a blog, you’re composing an academic project in a multimodal online space.
- To that end, the decision to include any digital object — whether an image, audio or video — should be made based on how and what that object contributes to your overall project and argument.
- If you don’t plan to discuss the object in some way, odds are you probably don’t need it. If you don’t need it, odds are you probably shouldn’t use it. Putting in a bunch of images for their own sake is a bit like stringing together quotations from other authors without ever taking the time to make your own points.
- If nothing else dissuades you, remember, you won’t receive a higher grade just because you used a lot of images (on the contrary, you may well receive a lower one because you will have made it that much harder for your reader to focus on the most important part of your project — namely, your argument.
- Size and Placement Matter: You have considerable control over the size and placement of any digital object you include. Make sure you take the aesthetic experience of your reader into account when you add an image and don’t be afraid to experiment.
- Sometimes big and bold is the way to go. Sometimes a small graphic detail that pops up to a much larger image is significantly more effective.
- Gallery and Slideshow*: For those working with a large number of images, WordPress offers to easy real-estate saving options: slideshows and gallery view. To use either of these functions, you first need to upload the images you want to use to your media library. Once you’ve added the files you want to use, you can compile them into slideshows or assemble them into thumbnail galleries that are then attached to specific pages and/or posts.
* Gallery and Slideshow may not be available on all themes.