Goal: Visual Argument
The goal of this  project is to illustrate a key term of your choice from either Rob Nixon’s “Scenes from the Seabed” or Stacy Alaimo’s “States of Suspension: Trans-corporeality at Sea” using the infographic maker Piktochart.


  • Post a draft of the Infographic to your blog before the start of class on Tuesday, January 24th. 
  • After workshop on Tuesday, Jan 24 revise your draft from 2-3 panels to 5-6.
  • Be sure your graphic defines the key term you chose, both according to article where you found it and in your own words. Also, be sure you illustrate your term with images, icons, and/or video.
  • May want to include at least one panel that shows implications of the term you chose? What does the term you chose do that other terms cannot? 
  • Create a new static page on your WP site; give the page a short & descriptive name, i.e. infographic; and download your graphic as a .jpeg or .png and add it to your WP post through the Media Manager.
  • Above the graphic you embedded on your page respond to the following prompt in 5-10 sentences. How has this project changed your expectations of the ways authors like Rob Nixon and Stacy Alaimo employ visual imagery? How does your graphic persuade readers of the importance of visual imagery both in sustainability and in eco-environmental texts?


Your peers and I are your primary audience, but what choices can you make to best communicate the project goals to a wider audience who may use you site as a resource?

Grading Criteria

The following criteria will be used to assess your Infographics:
  • Does the rendering meet the assignment criteria? Did you illustrate a key term from either Nixon or Alaimo in a 5-6 panel infographic in Piktochart? Was the graphic embedded on a static page to which users can easily navigate on WP site on or before the due date? Does short reflective paragraph precede the image on the page? (20%)
  • Is goal of graphic clear? Do the images, graphs, icons, and frames work together to advance the the central goal of the graphic and persuade readers of its efficacy? (30%) 
  • Does the graphic contain at least 1-2 citations from either Nixon or Alaimo? (10%)
  • Is the overarching idea reflected in equal parts visual and verbal? Is the tone of the graphic appropriate to its form? (20%)
  • Does the graphic help readers better understand the term? Does the graphic help readers think about the information it presents in new ways? (20%)