Feb. 6: Infographics: Chart it.. graph it.. and map it

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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.

Anything from bar graphs, to pie charts, to Venn diagrams, to “pinned maps” to an original idea is acceptable.

You may use hand drawn elements, vector graphics, simple lines and shapes or a combination of several.

See these links for visual research: I love charts and Food Infographics. Also see Pinterest “Infographics” or “Graphs” Also take a look at Cool Infographics for inspiration or this one or this link for tutorials and examples.

This site Pop Chart Lab has a bunch of beautiful vector based charts and infographics

Check out this new link on infographics for social media

Also check out this artist, Chad Hagen for his “Nonsensical Infographics” which I personally love.

David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) also makes art: His book Arborteum has some really interesting diagram drawings.

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. (Check out Palm Beach State College’s demographics as an example)

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 

 

Illustrator Charts/Graphs tutorial

Illustrator chart graph video

Final design: 11″ x 17″ (or longer)  vector graphic design.

Due date: TBA

Also – you must turn in a hard copy/web link of the article (if applicable)  you are illustrating.

 

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