My idea for this infographic changed once I did more research about my chosen topic. I originally planned to create a ‘how to cure depression’ cheat sheet, from information in a book I had been reading. I still think that this would work well as an infographic. But for whatever reason, I became more interested in the idea of the way in which we talk to ourselves and what that actually does to our bodies. I also think this is a very current topic because we have been so stressed with assignments and exams in the last week. I have actually learnt from my own infographic and research!
So with my new topic of ‘how does self talk affect you?’, my communication objective is to visually show that your thoughts affect more than just your mind, they affect your whole body, in both positive and negative ways. By looking at my infographic, I want people to realise that negative thinking can be detrimental to their health and that it affects them in more ways than they before realised, and that changing these thoughts to positive has really positive effects on your health.
My infographic is divided with the negative effects on the body, and the positive effects on the body. I decided to put the body in the middle as I wanted this to be the main feature, to really clear show that the whole body is affected, and I used yellow pointers to illustrate the specific parts affected that people should be concerned about. I decided to use a soft, but bright colour palette as I aimed for this to look like a poster that you might see in a high school health classroom, or around uni in an exam study area. I also think that the soft colour palette shows the information in a way that doesn’t scare people off or make them worry, but more makes them think about their actions and assess themselves.
Having not used illustrator before, I used all the skills I learnt in class to create this infographic. It was also definitely helpful having knowledge of other Adobe programs, since they all work quite similar. Also, using the pen tool was not difficult as we had done this in the last assignment. As well as using the Illustrator tools we learnt in class such as the pen tool, gradients, stroke, and paths, I also took into account a lot of the technical things that we learnt. It was helpful to do further research on these, but the ideas we learnt about composition, hierarchy, fonts and colours were really important when creating this, especially in the final stages of tidying up the elements and colours.
I am very happy with my final infographic, and it is great to see my progress over the last few weeks. It has been interesting to learn that there really are ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to create an infographic, and I think I have succeeded with mine.