WIP

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:

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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:

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Rsearch post 1 – Visual Communication Examples

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:

Retrieved from http://image.naldzgraphics.net/2013/06/1-compare-infographics.jpg

I like the divide of light from dark in this image and I intend to do this with mine as it clearly shows negative versus positive. I don’t think I will use crisp white though as it looks a bit boring with no texture or colour. Retrieved from http://image.naldzgraphics.net/2013/06/1-compare-infographics.jpg

Retrieved from https://digitalmediaforireland.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/infographic.jpg

I love the idea of having the split down the centre of the person, I can half one half negative and one half positive and have my points aiming at different parts of the body. I also like the colours and the layers of the background in this one. Retrieved from https://digitalmediaforireland.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/infographic.jpg

Retrieved from http://davidmeine.com/wp-content/themes/executive/images/infographic.png

I like how this points to the brain but it probably isn’t clear enough which part of the brain is affected. This is why I think it might work better and be more visually interesting to have the whole body, rather than the brain like I originally planned. Retrieved from http://davidmeine.com/wp-content/themes/executive/images/infographic.png

Retrieved from https://vantagepointdallascounseling.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/My-self-talk-Infographic.png

I like the levels of this and how it gets deeper into the information. It is a bit too wordy though. Retrieved from https://vantagepointdallascounseling.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/My-self-talk-Infographic.png

Retrieved from http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/replace-negative-thoughts-with-positive-ones_502910e1cdf09_w450_h300.jpg

I love this idea of having the text in the shape of the head. This could be something I could try out with the outline of the body or the brain. Retrieved from http://thumbnails-visually.netdna-ssl.com/replace-negative-thoughts-with-positive-ones_502910e1cdf09_w450_h300.jpg

Idea first plan

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.

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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.

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Idea!

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:

11216343_10205769622511046_1073190660_nI 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.

Infographic styles

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.

From https://www.behance.net/gallery/Design-x-Food-Infographic/8859589

From https://www.behance.net/gallery/Design-x-Food-Infographic/8859589 I love the simplicity of the colours and the use of pale colours. I also like the way they have arranged the food as visual pie charts

From https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/food-drinks/recipe-for-apple-pie/  I love the idea of using a chalkboard design, it fits really well with the infographic being a recipe. The colour scheme is simple and is very visually appealing

From https://www.finedininglovers.com/blog/food-drinks/recipe-for-apple-pie/ I love the idea of using a chalkboard design, it fits really well with the infographic being a recipe. The colour scheme is simple and is very visually appealing

From http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/earth-day-paper-infographic/?crlt.pid=camp.fa32K1riRKx3 I love the colour scheme, it fits really well with what the infographic is about. Images are used really well here as well

From http://mashable.com/2014/04/22/earth-day-paper-infographic/?crlt.pid=camp.fa32K1riRKx3 I love the colour scheme, it fits really well with what the infographic is about. Images are used really well here as well

From http://infographicsmania.com/cost-of-dogs-and-cats/ Again I love the use of real images but we are restricted here

From http://infographicsmania.com/cost-of-dogs-and-cats/ Again I love the use of real images but we are restricted here

From http://londonbeep.com/tips-for-tourists-in-london I like the colour scheme here and the use of symbols to minimise using text

From http://londonbeep.com/tips-for-tourists-in-london I like the colour scheme here and the use of symbols to minimise using text

From https://www.pinterest.com/pin/206110120418803364/ I like the simplicity of this and the minimal use of text. I also like the use of real images but we are restricted to doing this with our assignment. I like the textured background also.

From https://www.pinterest.com/pin/206110120418803364/ I like the simplicity of this and the minimal use of text. I also like the use of real images but we are restricted to doing this with our assignment. I like the textured background also.

From http://healthandstyle.com/health/how-to-make-a-salad/ I really like the use of colour in this and the layout of using the bowl to contain the information.

From http://healthandstyle.com/health/how-to-make-a-salad/ I really like the use of colour in this and the layout of using the bowl to contain the information.

Assignment workflow

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.

Image

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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Summary

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The image I have created represents a student’s mind exploding under the pressure of dealing with money. The head is replaced with a piggy bank to communicate that money is all that is on the student’s mind, and that the original identity is taken away. The use of the piggy bank works with the points of the article, with it being about a student. Using a piggy bank brings a younger feel to the image and reminds us of children saving their coins. This creates the difference between the idea being about a student rather than a working adult. The cute, pink piggy bank is contrasted with the sharp smashed edges. The smashing of the piggy bank represents ‘breaking point’, when the pressure and demands around money get too much, and we see the coins flying out of the hollow head. Showing the hollowness emphasises the idea of only thinking about money and the loose change that we see further proves the point of the article, that students are left with very little money at the end of the week after covering their expensive living costs.

The communication objectives that I intended to convey with my image are: financial struggles for students, increased pressure, reaching breaking point, the difficulties of balancing demands of being a student. I also intended to use clear symbols to represent the main points, so coins and the piggy bank for money, and the literal ‘breaking’ to represent breaking point. I wanted my image to really get across the difficulty that some students face when it comes to dealing with their finances and to show how hard it can be for students to support themselves while balancing their studies. In planning how I wanted my image to look, I decided that I liked the surreal look of some images I had seen in my research, so I aimed to create this look with my image. To do this, I planned to have a very ‘clean’ looking image, with realistic shadows and textures to create a dark feel, to reflect the negative ideas within the article.

In class we learnt how to do non-destructive Photoshop. This involved using tools such as layers, layer masks, smart objects and smart filters. Learning how to edit images in this way was vital in creating my image as the more I progressed and the more elements I added to image, I found myself changing my mind about earlier decisions and using the techniques we learnt in class, I could easily find the bit I wanted to change and change it without much effort and without affecting the rest of the image. I am fairly competent on Photoshop but I have never before used only non-destructive techniques, so things such as creating paths with the pen tool, using layer masks, smart objects and smart filters was a learning curve for me, and a very useful one. I know that had I not used these techniques, I would not have been able to achieve the seamlessness of the image that I have created.

As well as these Photoshop techniques, we also learnt important ideas in class about the techniques behind creating an image. These included design principles such as composition and semiotics. With these techniques in mind when creating my image, I had an understanding of how the decisions I made would affect the visual appeal of my image.

Overall, I think that I have achieved my communication objectives and my image looks the way I intended it to. I am happy with the outcome and I definitely think my image looks ‘photo-real’.

Comments

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Here are my best five comments on my classmates’ projects.

Brief 1 Research – Shadows

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

In the final stages of putting my image together, I need to know how I can create some shadows in my image. I need this mostly for the hand holding the piggy bank as the head. I may also play around with shadows on the flying coins and broken porcelain from the head on the wall behind the subject. I am interested to play around with the distance from the coins to their shadow I may create, to create the idea that they are in mid-air.

Something else I want to play with is adding some motion to the flying pieces to emphasise that they are moving, making the image look more photo-real. I think that if I do not add the shadows and motion, the flying pieces will look like they are static and stuck to the background. I have used this technique before in Photoshop, but I have not done this ‘non-destructively’, so it will be a learning process for me.

Here are links to the tutorials I will be referring to:

– Using Photoshop to create fake shadows: link

– How to add a simple shadow using Photoshop: link

– Realistic case shadow effect in Photoshop: link

– Create movement – motion blur Photoshop tutorial: link

– How to add realistic spinning motion blur effects in Photoshop CC: link