My next information design project will consist of a process. Any process. Any process at all. How exciting! So i’m narrowed it down to a few things.
#1 The treatment of organic produce vs. regular produce. This would have to be lad out in a playful line chart, rectangular manner.
#2 GMO’s. (Broad, yes.) I would focus my graphic on how they’re used, the process of how it is used. Then, from there I would stem off of the process and tell why.
We will see how critique goes!
I initially thought this project would be a piece of cake. I found that there are many different styles of map, and choosing an appropriate one for not only your design, but also your audience proved to be a challenge. Creating a map is easy, but creating a map that catches the viewers eye is not. I thought it was a very good idea for us to move this project’s due-date up another week because the class did a good job on reiterations.
The material was hard to work with because the story was not long, and there was not a lot of information. Although the challenge turned out to be a learning experience.
I learned a lot from this project. There is a difference between a simple graphic, and an information graphic. I began this project with the impression that I was creating one large graphic with some words. As I continued, I discovered that the project is less graphic driven and more text driven. Of course the graphics are very important because they determine how the information is laid out, but not as important as the actual information.
I found the beginning of this project difficult because I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I knew what information graphics looked like, but actually creating one was a different story.
Looking back on this project, I wish I would have chosen a better subject. My subject proved to be more difficult than I expected, but that’s why this was a learning experience.
I think this project got me over the initial hump of information design, now i understand there is a big difference between a graphic, and a graphic with information.
I would not change anything about how this project was presented to us. By this time in our college careers, we should have enough design background to create a successful time-based information graphic.
- Thanksgiving day: Watch Macy’s day parade while mom makes homemade cinnamon rolls.
- Black Friday: Shopping from 9 AM – 9 PM with the family, what could be better?
- Small business Saturday: Wake up early to Mom screaming your name to join her shopping spree. You say no thank you and catch up on sleep.
- Sunday: Time to head back to school and worry about finals.
- Cyber Monday: It’s time to shop, in class, online. You buy a few presents… mostly for yourself because you deserve it.
- Monday-Friday: Last week of classes means papers and projects due, and when did we learn this?
- Saturday: Celebrate the final weekend of your life before finals kill you.
- Sunday: Library all night and day to study.
- Monday: You never slept last night, first exam.
10. Tuesday-Thursday: No sleep, lots of coffee and living at the library.
11. Friday: You barely survive your last final, and you realize you have yet to buy any Christmas gifts.
12. Saturday: You come home to a list of chores you have to do before the whole family flies into town for the holidays. Merry Christmas.
13. Sunday: You binge eat everything in sight because you haven’t had non-fast-food for at least two weeks.
14. Monday-?? Xmas eve?: You run around like crazy doing chores and trying to see old friend.
15. Before xmas eve: Your realize you’re broke and still haven’t gotten your moms Christmas gift
16. Xmas eve: Go to church with the family, but it ends up being a high school reunion.
17. Xmas: just a pic happy pic?
I would like to receive an excellent knowledge of information graphics. I want to feel that I can comfortably create an information graphic with any information that I am given.
I would also like to receive help with my graphic design projects and deciding which ones to present to employers and how.
It would be great to also learn more about the web and interactive design. I have no idea how to create interactive designs. I’m great at coding, but I would like to know how to create my own for a website to show employers.