A picture is worth a thousand words but only if that picture is well chosen or carefully created, refers the reader to information they might receive less clearly in any other manner, and is integrated into the overall presentation. In other words, simply having a visual display is not sufficient to convey your message – thoughtful selection and design of visual displays is crucial to effective communication.
Step 1: Determine what information you want to emphasize.
Step 2: Decide how information is best expressed
Step 3: Select a visual format that best conveys the information.
Step 4: Label your illustration, table or graph,with labeling that is both clear & consistent.
Step 5: Edit your visual display.
Step 6: Check the text associated with your visual display