Infographics Design Project: Charts, graphs and maps:
Continuing our studies of visual communication, our next assignment is to produce an infographic on a subject matter of your choice. You can approach this from anything to a scientific manner to a humorous/witty manner. Charts, graphs and maps are all part of graphic design – we see them as accompaniment to magazine articles, newspaper spreads and web graphics. Publications from anything such as the NYTimes, to National Geographic, to Maxim use infographics, not to mention countless information based and news websites. Try using a mind map for brainstorming to develop your design approach for this assignment.
First things first: Scour the internet or newspaper or a magazine for an article you think would be appropriate for illustration through an infographic. The best articles include statistics, literal communication devices and images as well as a sense of “measuring”.
Ideas to consider: 1. Monetary worth 2. Usage Statistics 3. Compare/Contrast (Something vs. something else) 4. A “How to” 5. Dissecting an object/idea/concept 6. Top 10 ____ 7. Percentage of _____ 8. Demographics.
Element your design must have: 1. Chart or Graph or Map – or combination of the three. Design must combine images and numbers to balance a sense of measuring.
Second step: Technical: Be sure to watch the following Adobe videos on
Hey students! Great class today to introduce some basic concepts in Illustrator. Remember that you can check back with the recording in Blackboard or see the links below or tutorials on the left menu if you get stuck.
Wednesday, Feb. 10: Live critique at 8 a.m. on Collaborate.
Please upload your .pdf file by Tuesday at 5 p.m. so I can get it onto our Critique Hub for viewing.
See you then! And know you can email me anytime with questions!
We will be working on your skills “from sketch to vector” the entire semester. Everyone has a different way of working, but I am a firm believer in sketchbooks! I personally like old school ones, but you can even sketch digitally if that works for you.