Summary

My infographic is “how to make the best smoothie ever.” The overall intended communication objeective was to show the method for creating a parody smoothie, where all the ingredients have silly attributes. I wanted to create a funny contrast to the smoothie recipes that exist at the moment, which are all insanely healthy and are full of things that are meant to be really good for you. So I created an infographic for a smoothie that has foods also chosen for their beneficial qualities, but in a more  amusing way. For example, I picked walnuts for their omega-3 content (something that we can also get from eating fish), so I wrote that it will help you breathe underwater by growing gills. I had a lot of fun coming up with these descriptions.

I used many of the techniques I learned during tutorials to convey my intended communication objective. The pen tool was a very useful feature, letting me trace images to create my own vectors. The direct selection tool was also extremely useful when I had made a few mistakes, or my shapes didn’t fit properly, letting me easily manipulate individual points to move everything into position.

I used the pathfinder tool when creating my vector image for my blender. I was able to layer two shapes on top of each other and cut one shape out so that it created that handle for my blender cup – I didn’t think it would be useful when we practiced it in class, but it ended up making the process a lot easier. The different alignment tools were also handy throughout production. Because I had to align different typography elements in different areas of the page, it was super easy being able to click a single button and watch them all fall into place.

Having the ability to group objects was probably the most useful element for the whole assignment. Grouping vectors once they were complete made it easy for me to manipulate them and move them around the page, creating an easy to read infographic that achieved my intended communication objective.

Knowing how to create gradients allowed me to make more realistic vector images. Using gradients give vectors another level of dimension, making my images look more like their real-life counterparts. Without gradients my images are hardly recognisable or aesthetically pleasing, so using gradients really enhanced my infographic. Additionally, knowing how to create multiple strokes and add gradients to them helped me to add more realism to my avocado vector and also create a 3D effect on the buttons at the base of my blender vector.

Considering I’d never opened Illustrator before starting this assignment, I’m very pleased with what I’ve created. I used a variety of skills we learned in class, as well as others online to create my final images, helping me to achieve my intended communication objective. I feel my skills have allowed me to portray my message of ‘how to create the best smoothie ever’ effectively.

Images

A4 jpg

A8 jpg

Above are my A4 and A8 final images. I used the same fonts and dominant vector over both images to show the relationship between them. However, i have noticed that with my A4 infographic I have moved the word ‘ingredients’ over without noticing until now. But it’s too late to change so hopefully it won’t affect anything overall too much.

Comments

Here are my five best comments on other people’s work throughout assignment two:

Hey Kelsey, this sounds like a great idea! There are so many possibilities for creating things like infographics when it comes to using a camera, so I think that you have got a great base point to work with. I also like that you’ve picked something that relates to your hobbies, it makes assignments far more enjoyable. One thing I must say is that the idea of using 5 charts has freaked me out a bit. I’m unsure how you’re going to lay them out but I am a bit concerned that it may be rather full on and look a little messy? Hopefully you have an idea in your head that has a good layout sorted and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it (may end up using this infographic for my own photography one it’s complete).

Hey Phoebe, I think this is going to be an awesome idea. I feel that you could have two levels working together effectively to balance between the facts and your actual infographic. The only thing that I can sense at the moment, and this is being picky, is that hopefully you don’t end up using too many little pictures to detail the recycling process as that may make it look cluttered. But this is an awesome idea and an infographic that I think will end up being super interesting considering I love the environment and recycling 🙂

This is such an awesome idea! It’s a nice twist on the thousands of ‘types of coffee’ etc infographics on the internet. The colour scheme is super important but I think that keeping earthy, coffee associated colours will be perfect. One thing I would say is not to fill it up with too much jargon surrounding the different chemical compounds – but that’ll be super easy to avoid so you’ll be fine.

Your elephant looks amazing! I love the idea of using the same shape to create the whole image, I feel that this will make it really cohesive. In regards to trial and error, make sure that you have some idea of how you want all your pieces to come together at the end – otherwise you may just want to keep working on it forever. Other than that, this infographic should end up looking really nice and polished.

Reading about how you made these vectors is awesome! I’m going to have to use some serious tutorials to figure out how to do anything like that! I really like the concept vector #2 personally. This course is about visual communication and the cafe association by use of a chalkboard feel, is super effective in conveying your idea. I think that it could look very cohesive and smooth once finished. Good luck!