First attempt on creating an Infographic for Topic

As I have chosen to develop and create an information graphic using data based around the topic of The London 2012 Paralympics. I had to practice different techniques and skills on editing softwares; in order for me to portray the data in a more appealing and visual manner.

First Attempt at using photoshop to create a visual image.

Before edit images

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After

top 5 countries (hands)

This image helps me to represent the top 5 countries in the medal table. My thought process behind this edit and layer masking of images was to

  1. Showcase that talent and countries are open with welcome hands, that talent is something to be captured and talent can bring nations together as one.
  2. China is out side of the hands and centralised to showcase they where the superior country in terms of the medal table. Also to showcase the aspiring countries. Mainly the hierarchy / status.
  3. Also with this, it could mean different things to different people
  • that we have the world in our hands and the world is one and united
  • That we have the world in our hands (iconography of the song)

Other readings and connotations (the preferred reading the meanings that i want the audience to get from it. Alternative readings or oppositional readings)

I believe this particular attempt went really well in terms of the layering and masking. However, I think i am going to have other attempts using the same data but a different style of edit using other techniques, to see if there is a better way to present the data. I need to consider the audience and what they will like to see and what will grab the audiences attention.

Information Graphics Statement of Intent

After, conducting relevant research to the task. I then had to come up with a theme/topic to focus on for me to make my own infographics. This was an opportunity to mould the task to my interests which is Sports – Disability Sports. I collected lots of different types of research to help me with facts and statistics for this task.

300px-London_Paralympics_2012

The topic choice I picked for my assignment is to look at the results of the 2012 London Paralympics and how different countries did in terms of talent and how many athletes they brought over to compete.

For this task the research will be collated an made into different images, short and snappy statistics or sentences. Also into charts, graphs ect. However, putting my own spin on them to make them something more advanced, in comparison to the everyday simple ones that can be seen.

I have decided to use the colours of the nations within the images and the background presented on to be (Black). This is because it will look more formal and will help to make the colours pop on the page. It also will make  it look clean and professional. The font colours will be (White and Yellow) this is to contrast and juxtapose the background, making it stand off the page.

finally, I will try out different things, to see if they work and if they don’t and identify what i can do in order for it to be better and give the audience a good experience. Things, I have to consider: What is the best data? What will the audience want to know? What may be important for the audience to know? What is the best ways to present the data? By considering all this i will then be able to make something that will be of a high standard.

 

Research on Infographics

Before coming up with an idea for my own project it was important for me to gain a better understanding of what information graphics are and how they have developed over centauries. This will give me insights into how I could represent my own subject of choice. I have to think about what things are included from, images, charts, statistics and other ways that data may be represented.

Research and History on Information graphics

To help me gain more of an understanding I posed some important questions that I believe are important to know in order for me to be able to make to most of the skills I have to offer.

  1. What does infographic’s mean?

“An infographic (information graphic) is a representation of information in a graphic format designed to make the data easily understandable at a glance. People use infographics to quickly communicate a message, to simplify the presentation of large amounts of data, to see data patterns and relationships, and to monitor changes in variables over time.

Infographics abound in almost any public environment — traffic signs, subway maps, tag clouds, musical scores and weather charts are just a few examples, among a huge number of possibilities.”[1]

I believe this question was important for me to research as I clearly states what it is so I know exactly what has been asked of me to create.

2. When was the first information graphic founded?

“The earliest reports that the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux, on September 12, 1940. The paintings date back to roughly 15,000 BC”[2]

This in my opinion is incredibly important as it shows that information graphics have been around extremely long time.

3. What types of things are considered as infographics?

Information graphics are many different ways data can be presented for example with the aids of: flow charts, time lines, versus (juxtaposed information), statistics and numbers, photos and other types of charts and graphs.[3]

In my opinion this is common knowledge however, it clarifies what exactly I could do within my own project.

4. What infographics are already on the market?

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These are current infographics that capture different types of data. By researching and looking at different techniques and designs I have found things that I actually like and dislike, therefore can put the things I feel will work best for my own work.

After research

From conducting research, i realised that information graphics are becoming much more (post modern) as they are becoming much more simple and less designed. This in my opinion is incredible useful as modern day society still follows traditions of the past. i also believe that many designs were really over the top and the more simple designs generally look better and of that high professional quality. Also as the world is changing, Audiences/Psychographics structures it makes it much more difficult to please the audiences. Its much more about the audiences experiences and how easy data can be given to them. This means that in information graphics there is a lot less texts and the sizes of text can showcase and highlight key facts/data.

“Psychographics is the study of personality, values, opinions, attitudes, interests, and lifestyles. Because this area of research focuses on interests, attitudes, and opinions, psychographic factors are also called IAO variables.”[4]

The key and man factors that i must consider when creating my own info graphs are

  • Colour, can manipulate audience (semiotic references)
  • font types and size, (indication on importance)
  • key data, (making the right choice what to include) what is of the most interest? what is key for the audience to know?
  • image choice, (can help to draw attention) shed light on what the info graph is about
  • what connotations and denotations audiences may take away from it

Now, that i have done the relevant research i can now make a wiser decision on the topic choice for my own work and can practice, things i have learnt. When making and developing my work I feel i have a much wider knowledge on what I think will be of interest and what the audiences needs are. It has to be visually appealing to draw in attention and to make a statement. If i create a good piece of work I am much more likely to gain the desired viewership.

[1] http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/infographic

[2]http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/108945482/lascaux-cave-paintings-discovered – Cavendish, Richard, 2015. The Lascaux Paintings Disco…

[3] http://piktochart.com/6-types-of-infographics-and-how-to-get-started/

[4] http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/psychographics.html