These two tasks (below) were actually exercises leading up to the graded assignment presented in my previous post. However, I did not find the time to write the report for the blog in time beforehand, and so these post are in a bit of a mixed up order.
Make an infographic poster about infographics. Cover the following:
- what is infographics
- what different styles of infographics are there
- explain CMYK, RGB, the difference between them and when are they used
- explain .ai / .pdf / .png / .jpg, the difference between them and when are they used
- explain bleed / create outlines / pathfinder
For me, the best part of this task was the initial research on Pinterest. The world of infographics is vast and inspiring! Here are two of my favourites:
|retrieved from Pinterest|
|retrieved from Pinterest|
Before even starting the research on Pinterest, I gathered all the information needed for the poster. I eventually decided not to use all of it, because the required information fit so well in my design that any additional text/image would have changed the layout.
After my research on the world of infographics, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. I was so sure of the design that I acted against the rules and I only drew this one sketch before starting to play with illustrator.
I chose the colours based on a palette I found on COLOURlovers. I combined shades of turquoise and teal together with refreshing light grey and pearl, adding also pure white to give that extra contrast.
I started by creating the background rectangle and header, which I changed from my sketch into a kind of flat pentagon shape. Then I created the dominating title "Infographics", under which a placed an subheading "A visual that provides information" to clarify what infographics means. I then proceeded to create the headings in order to group the information in a clearer way.
Although not in my original sketch, I wanted to illustrate the different types of infographics with images/icons instead of using only text. This is a quicker way to understand what is actually meant. Out of the several different types of infographics I chose to present timeline, comparison, flowchart, list and photo based options.
The photo-based one was the most challenging out of the five. However, I think I did pretty well! I created the coffee cup cut-out by using pen tool, curvature tool and clipping mask.
After this, the rest was pretty simple. I created the boxes, added, adjusted and aligned the text, and inserted a few icons better to illustrate the colour modes.
For the final version I aligned the "commonly used types" and all the boxes to the same width, to make the layout more organised.
The task was to create an infographic illustration of the work placement we did before Christmas.
Because my work placement was with S Group, I felt it was necessary to include a massive letter S in the illustration. I tried a few different layouts, but chose to go for the vertical one.
I retrieved the letter S from pixabay, and added it onto a layer.
In order to make the background "alive", I used words I learned and collected during the work placement.
I then decreased the opacity of the letter S, to make the contrast a little bit softer.
I added the title SOK Media, and created the circles for the three main tasks (milieu project, social media and meetings). I also added some icons to make the design more interesting.
I added some key words to explain each of the three main tasks, and used the colour green for these. I think the green gave the design a refreshing touch. Also, I ended up changing the title colour to white to make it easier to read. The light blue got lost in the background, but the white balances out the layout as a whole.