Final Infographics Development

After spending time experimenting  with different colour schemes I settled on grey and blue. The slight different shades in grey of the background map fill and outline of the map made its shape clear but subtle. The almost luminous pale blue stands out against dark grey so makes it the obvious focus of the image. However I thought it still looked a bit static. For a poster that was meant to represent travel there was very little movement and fluidity to the design. I changed the shape of the lines to triangular, this combined with different shadows and blurred effects made the lines almost seem like arrows as they pointed to given destination. It also made the area around Lonodn thicker so it was clear that was wear the origin was.

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I changed the timeline from a block line to drawn out foot prints. I think this added to the them of travelling. The block straight line was to harsh and contrasted with curved, lines and soft outline of the map. 
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I used the abbreviated initials of airports to plot along the time line as it provided more space and used grid lines to ensure that they were all in line. Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 12.56.29


However when asking for feedback from my peers they found the abbreviated airport initials were hard to understand. The information needed to be graphically clear so I experimented with a key. That was simply a table with the place and relevant airport. However I found that the grid really distracted from the abstract design of the lines on the map. Instead I just used the full word of the destination and adjusted font size and bold features, which I realised I could do when I set the view to actual size (A2). Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 15.42.58


Final Infographics Image:

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Illustrator development

The initial image after I began to map put my sketches onto Illustrator. I used a image from the internet to provide a template for scale of the map. It provided a template so that I could draw more accurate layout for the line destinations. Once I had blocked out all  features I had sketched, I realised I would need to play with affects and colour schemes to give it depth and movement.

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I then decided to make it more abstract by hiding that map layer so all you could see was the lines leading to destinations. I preferred this as it had a more abstract and elegant effect. The negative space although was being used to define the spacing of the map did create too much white space. The white space made the image look too empty and flat. Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 13.02.27


 I then went back to the original background with the map layer on but I changed the opacity of the map to try and emphasise the lines on top as they were meant to be the focus feature, which wasn’t clear with the map having the same weight as the lines on top.

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 The image of the map that I used as a template was from the internet so it wasn’t a vector which meant that changing scale would cause it to pixelate.  I used a drawing tool to trace over it. This then meant I could play with different effects/shapes of the line. This  was when my original sketches began to take shape as the added colour gave the image more depth as it wasn’t all monochrome and the opacity of the background map emphasised the abstract lines leading to destinations above it.

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Design sketches

Having chosen my title from the task sheet and investigating some other infographics on similar topics , I used the background information I had collected and began drawing out some sketches and making notes on my initial ideas. 


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The sketch above shows a rough shape/layout that I want to follow up on and develop further. I made small notes around the edge of the page on ideas that I could integrate into the design to show different sets of informations in an aesthetically pleasing way.


The sketch below is a development of the information that I want to represent in the infographics poster. The title only specified when and where you went but I wanted to include my own more personal categories. This list is the first draft of ideas and small sketches of how I could represent them.

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This was the final draft before I began to use illustrator to draw out the image on the computer. It outlines the 3 design features that I want to include: colour key at the top, timeline along the bottom and an abstract linear shape in the centre that connects my current locations to all the places I have visited.

Development and Realisation

The production work for this project is based around a A2 poster. I am looking forward to being introduced to new design software and developing the skills  in these programmes that will help me digitally design my poster. There is a list of potential project titles that we could choose from. This is my chosen project title:


WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN AND WHEN?

VISUALLY MAP THE PLACES YOU HAVE BEEN IN YOUR LIFE AND WHEN.


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