Progress #2: Rough plans for infographic

After looking through various articles I have chosen just 10 easy and simple tasks which I will include in my ‘How to help save the Planet’ infographic.

1. Recycle Glass

2. Bananas don’t need bagging

3. Say goodbye to bottled water

4. Don’t recycle plastic bags

5. Wash clothes in cold

6. Take shorter showers

7. Turn lights off

8. Buy in season

9. Donate unwanted goods

10. Stop wasting paper

I have included pictures of my layout below. I plan to have each symbol in the little circle (representations of the planet) and the title beside. I will also include a little bit of writing about each task.

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Layout

As I am about to start producing my infographic it is important to know what to keep in mind in terms of layout. I came across a great article which gives you a layout cheat sheet in order to get the best out of visual arrangement. Firstly they discuss how good visual arrangements will put together visual and graphic elements in a manner that draws your readers attention.

It then discusses how whitespace matters to create visually engaging content. This is because a page full of text and image will look crammed and busy, making the content difficult to read. On the other hand too much white content can make the page look incomplete. As we have learnt in class and evident in this article visually engaging content is usually clean and simple.

As stated in their article it is important to note that my infographic should have story to tell and from that I will pick a layout that best suits my story. The correct layout will ensure readability and convey the message effectively. The cheat sheet which I have included below outlines different layouts depending on your infographic topic, however important to note that there are many types of layout and these are just a few basic ones.

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http://piktochart.com/layout-cheat-sheet-making-the-best-out-of-visual-arrangement/

Typography

As we discussed in class typography is the art and technique of arranging and formatting text. Typography is relevant to assignment two because we must arrange ad format text according to our infographic topic. This is because typography creates visual meaning with type and type images.There are an array of ways in which you can understand typography. For example it can be emotive, shown through physicality or show a sense of motion. This of course depends on the message that needs to be reflected through type.

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There are no boundaries for the way that you express typography, but in fact numerous ways of presenting typography. For example it can portrayed through an image, as a grid, a map and even as layers and textures. In relation to this assignment is worth keeping in the mind that can create your own txt and customise it to fit the intended message.Remember that typography is more than just words on paper but rather the art and technique of arranging and formatting text.

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Semiotics

Recently in class we discussed semiotics- ‘the study of signs’, as this is something that is relevant to our second assignment. Semiotics focus on how the mind interprets meaning in imagery and play a very important part in visual communication. This is because semiotic analysis identifies signs within a text and the codes within which these signs have meaning. This is something that is important to keep in mind when creating an infographic as you want to use signs approximately and correctly in order to convey the intended message.I came across a few great diagrams which simply outline all you need to know about semiotics, however what I need to keep in mind are the physical forms of signs.

As we learnt in class and evident in this diagram there are three types of signs. First to mention is iconic signs which deliberately represent something truthful to the real world, through its physical resemblance. Then there are symbolic signs, which are learnt culturally. Last to mention is indexical signs, which have a logical common sense connection.When piecing together my infographic I will need to keep in mind the various symbols and how I will graphically present them in a manner that’s quickly and easily understood. I have included one of the infographics that I came across.

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Progress #1: Chosen Topic

I have chosen to do my ‘How to does it work’ on ‘How to help save the Planet’ . I will include an array of steps which will outline simple and easy tasks everyone can do to help save our planet. I came across various articles, all of which outline similar behavioural changes we can take to help save the planet. I will be narrowing it down to just ten simple and easy steps people can take in order to help save our planet.

The websites I used to gather my information were:

http://www.50waystohelp.com/

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2006/05/savetheplanet200605

http://www.ifad.org/english/carbon/planet.htm

https://www.justgive.org/donations/help-environment.jsp

http://beanunfucker.com/ (I loved this website and thought that the language they used to get their statement across was genius. I have included two of their photos as seen below.)

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Do’s and Don’ts of Colour

I came across a really great article that discusses colour in relation to infographics. It discusses how colour is a very important in the world of infographics and the difference a colour palette can make is amazing. The right colour palette can help organise an infographic and reinforce the topic. The wrong palette can result in what was a great topic conveying the wrong message.

It goes on to then state how it is important to consider what would look good online, mentioning how dominate dark colours and neon typically don’t translate well online. Neon on black can be hard to read, especially if there is a lot of data. They also mention how you should try to avoid white as a background colour. This is because if you were to imagine in on a website or blog (mine has a white background) most are white as well, making it hard to decipher where it starts and ends.

I found it handy to know that if I am struggling with picking a colour palette then to stick to the rule of three, meaning choose three primary colours. The background colour should be the lightest of the three while the other two should break up the sections. They then mention how if you need to use other colours then to use shades of the three main colours, as a way of keeping the palette cohesive and calming.

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http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/14/the-dos-and-donts-of-infographic-design/

Understanding Infographics

I’m currently in the middle of picking my infographic topic and so I have been researching different examples which portray effective visual communication. In order to distinguish whether or not they are successful infographics I have been considering what I have learnt in class.For example a great infographic needs balance of both visual and words.


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Infographic is graphical and therefore needs to get the message across graphically. Furthermore you are suppose to get the information very quickly and understand easily and the information should be visually pleasing, in an instant understandable manner. An infographic is something that stands alone and is self explanatory. Needs to be universally understandable, through its visual metaphor. Colour is used to code different meanings within the infographic and you must consider that colour coding is different for every culture.