Caption:Two infographics on lead exposure and common sources of lead exposure, the left is from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the right is from WHO. The information in these two infographics points to lack of knowledge in the public on lead risk and lead poisoning. How much lead exposure is safe? Where are the sources of lead?
Design Statement: I am interested in infographics because they index potential knowledge gaps between the public and scientists or government officials. These two infographics on lead poisoning are indicative of what the employees and volunteers non-profit organizations and governing bodies deem to be missing information among the public.
Inforgraphics are also an important form of communication between different social and cultural groups as their purpose is for experts to distill large amounts of often complicated information into easily digestible information for a broader public. Thus, it is crucial to understand the avenues through which expert knowledge travels, what type of information is picked to be disseminated, and how that knowledge is formed and transformed through various mediums, platforms, and people.
American Association of Pediatrics. n.d. “Lead Exposure and Lead Poisoning.” Accessed Nov. 11, 2018. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/lead-exposure/Pages/default.aspx
World Health Organization. 2018. “Lead Poisoning and Health.” Accessed Nov. 11, 2018. http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/lead-poisoning-and-health