Does the material contain at least one visual that conveys or supports the main message?
Main Message and Call to Action
Make sure the words and visuals in the material convey the same message and reinforce each other. People expect words and visuals that appear close to each other to be about the same information. When the words and visuals are unrelated, unclear, or contradictory, people can get confused or distracted. Remember, don’t overload visuals with too much information.
Government rules about information accessibility on the web mean that all visuals need to have labels and captions. Labels and captions will help audiences easily and quickly get the gist of a visual and reduce chances of misinterpretation.
Photographs, graphs, and infographics are visuals. When they are clearly designed and not overloaded with information, they can help people easily and quickly grasp information.
How can older adults prevent falls?
- Exercise regularly. Focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance.
- Try exercises that get more challenging over time. Tai Chi is a good choice.
Benefits of visuals: They
- provide an alternative to text to get the main message
- break up blocks of words
- make materials appear easier to read
Supported by the CDC Style Guide: A visual can convey ideas in a way words cannot.
- Page last reviewed: August 11, 2014
- Page last updated: August 11, 2014
- Content source:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Page maintained by: Office of Associate Director of Communication, Division of Public Affairs