In the current information age, we are experiencing a revolution of data which can be accessed from anywhere in the world and at any given time. In an effort to become more transparent, governments and companies are starting to voluntarily release information. Therefore the traditional role of newspapers is fundamentally changing as they are developing from a gatekeeper of information into a cross-platform service aiming at making complex topics more tangible through data-driven reporting.
As a result, the visualisation of information is becoming an important part of news reporting because the human brain is trained to quickly absorb images which oftentimes are more appropriate for illuminating patterns and relationships in data than text. As a result the role of graphic designers in news companies is shifting from purely aesthetic tasks to editorial responsibilities and the organisation of information.
A successful visualisation is based on thorough analysis of the data at hand as well as the narrative used to communicate the information. This thesis focuses on the disciple of information visualisation and tries to point out in which way graphic designers can add value to traditional journalism through visual communication. In order to answer this question, the thesis incorporates the history and the foundations of data visualisation and visual communication, reveal strategies for a clear and objective presentation of data and the integration of data visualisations into narrative structures.