Visual Communication Resources
Visuals, such as pictures, drawings, charts, graphs and diagrams, can be effective tools for communicating health information. Visuals can make the presentation of complex information easier to comprehend and more attractive. They can also reinforce written or spoken health messages.
Visual communication can benefit all audiences, especially people with lower literacy and numeracy skills. Remember, though, that visuals can’t speak for themselves. People can interpret visuals, just as they do words, in different ways. Choose visuals that support the main message and have clear headings, labels, and captions.
Below, you will find sources for free health-related images in the public domain. You will also find resources that will help you make decisions about
- choosing images that effectively communicate your message
- creating visual displays your audience will understand
- Public Health Image Library (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Visuals Onlineexternal icon (NIH National Cancer Institute)
- Picture This!external icon [National Institutes of Health (NIH) 2021)]
- Visualizing Healthexternal icon(University of Michigan 2014)
- Making Data Talkpdf iconexternal icon(NIH National Cancer Institute 2011)
- Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skillsexternal icon (see Chapter 7: Visuals and How to Use Them; Doak, Doak, and Root 1996)