Monday, June 8th, 2015
Here is my work in progress so far. I don’t have much to go but there is still a lot of refining to do to make this look better. I still need to work the colours a bit more and maybe add some gradients. I also think I have too much text so I’m thinking about how I can use more symbols in the circles of text. I also want to decide if I want to change this to landscape.
I have done a rough version of my A8 as well, but at the moment the fonts are all different, which will change.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Here is my progress so far. The main thing I am working on at the moment is getting all the information I need to finish my infographic. I need a few points each side for how negative and positive self talk affects the body. I am also thinking of including some examples of what negative and positive self talk is, perhaps with a speech bubble from the mouth, or otherwise a box at the bottom with tips for how to turn negative self talk into positive.
I think I also need to do a bit more work with colour as I’m not sure all the colours go together well. And I am very indecisive about the colour and font of the text at the bottom.
My plan for the rest of the infographic is to have the information mentioned above pointing to different areas of the body, and to also do more tracing of organs, so that I have more than just the effects on the brain, but also to the heart, lungs etc. I am also going to play around with gradients on the clothing.
Thoughts would be appreciated!
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:
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.