Saturday, May 30th, 2015
According to http://neomam.com/blog/what-makes-an-infographic-bad-and-how-to-make-it-better/, and important thing to consider when creating an infographic is to leave some negative space, and not completely clutter your piece and covering the background. It says that allowing some of the background to show through helps the eye to organize the data presented. It is important to get this balance right though, as too much white space will leave the infographic looking unfinished.
The composition of the elements within the infographic should be balanced and aligned to allow the viewer to let their eyes take them through your information. When elements are messily arranged, it can be hard to know what to look at first.
This infographic shows some different layout styles when creating an infographic:
As my infographic compares two sides to a topic, I am drawn mostly to the comparison style. This source says that when comparing things in this way, the visuals have to be very strong, so that you get your point across – which is what I aim to do, particularly because I do not want to rely on text for people to understand the points I am trying to convey. This source also says that using a comparison layout works well if you have bullet-pointed information that you want to convey simply.
Friday, May 29th, 2015
This week I did my first vector trace for the assignment – a brain! It took quite a while because there are so many curves but I’m really happy with it! I still need to fill it in but here’s the trace so far:
I’ve also been working more on my idea and have decided on a couple of new potential layouts that I will be trying out as I add the different elements in Illustrator:
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
After working through some more ideas and doing two more sketches for my potential layout, I have found some more infographic examples that I have found some inspiration in. They are posted below with their links and my explanations:
Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
This week’s WIP is a couple of rough sketches that I made this morning when an idea came to me. I decided that to keep it simple and clear I want to have the input and output of the brain as the main focus. I want to represent these with the happy and sad faces, then possibly arrows or connecting sections to explain each one a bit further with other symbols and some text.
I really want the focus to be on the ‘yahoo’ moments and fun that ‘cures’ depression that Jim Hunt talks about in his book.
Ignore the font obviously! Just ideas that I wrote around it.
I was also thinking of this idea. Having the brain in the middle again, but having the ‘prescriptions’ on the left side and then the outcomes or ‘side effects’ on the right side. I realised though that to represent most of the outcomes in images is basically just a happy face, so I think I need to play around with this idea a bit more. I think I prefer my first idea at the moment, but I like this one because I can be more specific with the suggestions that Jimi Hunt makes to make your life better.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
My idea for this assignment is around overcoming depression. I would like to take the angle of informing people of simple ways of getting out of depression. My inspiration came from a book I recently read called ‘A Bit Mental’ by Jimi Hunt. In this book, he shows the following ‘cheat sheet’ into how he overcame his depression based on tips from a psychiatrist:
I want my infographic to be very visual, with symbols and images to represent the actions listed in Jimi’s ‘cheat sheet’. I may also do further research into the things listed here and may change some of what I cover based on other information I find, but I thought for a start, the simplicity of this list could work quite well as an infographic. Jimi’s story is interesting because it proved to me that you have to take control of your life and in doing so, you can so easily change your situation. So through my infographic, I want people to understand that a change of lifestyle can make all the difference and that for people with symptoms of depression, they are not actually as ‘stuck’ as they may think they are.
Friday, May 8th, 2015
For my WIP this week, I have been looking at infographics and trying to decide on what kind of look or style I prefer.
When looking at these examples, I have to bear in mind that we do have restraints that our infographic has to be A4 size. Another constraint to take into consideration is that we can not use any images in our piece, it must all be vector-based. This rules out some of the styles I like below, where real images are incorporated into the design.
Friday, May 1st, 2015
Like with the first assignment, I thought it would be a good idea for my first WIP post to be the workflow stages for this assignment.
The steps which I will be following are:
– research: deciding on idea, what aspects of this do I want to include in my infographic, what do I want the main points to be?
– wireframe/skeleton/flowchart of idea: sketching out how I want the infographic to look and how I want it to be layed out.
– colour scheme/coding
– graphics: what images and fonts do I want to include
Based on the theory from today’s tutorial, I also need to decide if I want my infographic to be themed or referenced. Themed may help to sell my message as it will have to be read into more to communicate something, while referenced will include more icons, pointers, charts – can be used to avoid visual clutter. At the moment I am thinking that I would prefer to make a themed infographic as I think it will allow me to be more creative.
What images I want to use in my infographic is important as I want to use as little text as possible to communicate my ideas.