How Not to Use Illustrations and Infographics

Illustration of how not to use infographics and illustrations.

In our last installment on bad visuals, we talked about the dangers of relying on crummy stock photos. This time, we’re talking about bad and confusing illustrations — like cartoons, charts, graphs, and everyone’s new favorite, infographics. It’s no wonder that health communicators (including us) love illustrations. Good ones can make your point more elegantly and … Continue reading

Rethinking Readability Scores: Part 2

Illustration of Rethinking Readability Scores

We’ve written about the controversial topic of problems with readability formulas — and we’re back to further explain our position. Readability formulas give you a rough idea of how easy a material is to understand, but they’re imprecise and often inaccurate. Nearly everyone agrees on their limitations, yet many agencies and organizations require materials to meet a certain … Continue reading

No Semicolons Allowed

Illustration of No Semicolons Allowed

Many of us behind We ❤ Health Literacy also ❤ the semicolon. If prompted, we might even gush about its unique and graceful qualities. So it’s with a heavy heart that we must declare — once and for all — that the semicolon has no place in plain language communication. Here’s why. First, many people don’t use the semicolon properly, … Continue reading

CH Team Member by Day…

The Not Ready for Bedtime Players

Providing diverse communities with clear and accessible health information is one my greatest passions. Since joining the team at CommunicateHealth, I’ve realized even more the extent of my interest for empowering people to make healthy choices through effective health communication. And that’s why I decided I wanted to continue this work — even after the … Continue reading

Other Things We ❤: The Calgary Charter on Health Literacy

Illustration of person with the Calgary Charter on Health Literacy

We know that you all ❤ health literacy. You probably have some serious health literacy skills, too. But where did you get the ability to understand health information? Did someone teach you that skill? In 2008, The Centre for Literacy hosted a summit in Montreal that set out to redefine health literacy, create curricula, and … Continue reading