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Graphics in the COVID-19 World

Graphics and infographics have never been more been more important for branding and for saving lives. Social distancing for blog

Infographics are easy to consume and remember — as long as they tell a good, clear story. Will all the information being pumped out about COVID-19 it’s important to be simple and universal.

When I say universal, I mean using metaphor we all understand to illustrate a story. A friend of mine is a physician who reports on TV regularly about COVID-19. He said yesterday, “Think if all the traffic accidents for one year happened in Iowa happened in one day. Medically, we would be overwhelmed. That is a little of what we are trying to prevent with social distancing and sheltering in place.” We all get the concept of traffic accidents, but we had not thought about them all happening in one day. A perfect way to get his message across. That would have made a powerful infographic.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle. After 12 years at KWWL, Mark became a business owner as a co-founder of ME&V — rebranded as AMPERAGE in 2015. After 25 years of leading creative teams in video production, graphic design, PR, writing and web development, Mark transitioned out of ownership in 2021. Today he serves in an employee role as special projects consultant. He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.” Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.” One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College. Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board. Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.