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!

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Typography

Typography creates the first impression of your image. If it turns out that your fonts don’t work, or reflect the rest of the work, the overall feel will be off an the image won’t flow properly. Typography sets the mood and can also indicate what information is to follow, especially in an infographic.

There are guidelines that should be followed when creating typography, and looking at infographics and graphic design work you can see that they are followed. A few basic rules are:

  • Don’t use similar fonts – match serif with sans-serif.
  • Create a contrast.
  • Use only three fonts maximum (oops I’ve used four).
  • Don’t mix fonts with different moods

Specifically for my infographic, I am trying to build a fun and creative mood with my font choices. In my opinion, the fonts I have chosen look aesthetically pleasing and really draw in the eye of the viewer to the rest of the image. I have decided to use four fonts, and all of my fonts are sans-serif, but it’s important to remember that this course is about communication, not design, so the message being communicated is most important. I have had to keep reminding myself of this throughout this assignment but I feel like I am achieving both with my design.


http://www.designmantic.com/blog/infographics/ten-commandments-of-typography/

http://piktochart.com/typography-how-typeface-personalities-set-the-tone-of-infographics/

Infographic in Progress 2

I have been working pretty hard the last couple of days to make sure that the infographic I’m creating is something that I’ll be proud of – especially since it’s worth 60%.

Here is what I’m up to so far!

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I’m really happy with what I’m creating and feel that it flows nicely and that there is a good connection and linking factors between each section.

Feedback is always welcome 🙂

Infographic in progress

Here is a work in progress of my current infographic!

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I decided to go for my second proposed concept as it seemed the most logical, but I’m really learning how small A4 size is. I’m going with a main set of colours, but in order for my ingredients to be recognisable I felt that they had to remain true to their colours. However, this may change depending on how busy it looks once more components have been added.

At the moment I’m really happy with how it’s turning out and what I have achieved since I didn’t think it was possible for me to produce something like this. But there is still a long way to go!

Banners!

From the extensive amount of time I’ve spent looking at infographics on the internet and classing that as ‘study’, I saw so many incorporating a banner with text in it. And I decided that I wanted to do this too.

I Googled searched for a tutorial on how to do it, and so many videos popped up that were all over 10 minutes long – I didn’t have that much time, we live in the age of the internet for goodness sake’s! Luckily I found one that was only 4 minutes long and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted.

Here is the link to the video.

You pretty much just make a few rectangles, add in some anchor points, duplicate a couple of items and then stick them all together! Nothing that we haven’t done in tutorials before, just a more elaborate way of putting them all together.

It’s a super easy skill to learn and something that can easily be used to add flare to your work, and add in an extra exciting component. I think it works well in my header, which you will be able to see with my next work in progress piece.

Colour Swatch

After researching colour, I went in search of the colours that I was hoping to use for my infographic. However, despite liking the look of some colour swatches, I couldn’t really decide on a final one until my design was fully locked down and started. Now that that’s happened I can finally share my chosen colour theme.

Colour Swatch

I wanted to choose a combination that would evoke the eye to look at it while still having some neutral tones that I could filter through. So far the colours are working together in my piece very well, making my connections between parts cohesive and making it aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.

Composition

During our tutorial that went over standard infographic composition, I found the idea of levels very interesting.

There are two different levels people usually use in an infographic and I will outline them here:

One level:

  • Simple design that unites all elements
  • May have sub sections
  • Mainly based on visual to convey message

On the right is an example of a one level infographic. The colour scheme unites all parts despite the sub sections, and it uses the visual elements to convey the overall message.

Two levels:

  • Attempts to incorporate more data
  • Definite use of theme/colour to unite elements
  • Can use additional information to support visuals – but not explain

This image uses two levels. The use of additional information at the top adds to the visuals in the second level which has the ingredients and method. The two levels are separated by colour, using the two different shades of brown to show the association.


For my infographic I am very clearly hoping to show the ingredients needed in the recipe as well as the instructions on how to make it. From my knowledge of levels, I believe I will be using two levels, one for the ingredients and one for the method. To show cohesion I will have to choose a good colour scheme that will help me to convey the message of my visual elements.