This course opened a new world for me and i found that boring Info graphics could be a real challenge for design. Following the instructions of Marcs really good video and the additional ones in the live classes i started to create my infographic. From the beginning i knew i will do my own research. I love researching and googeling and in the last month i had a lot to do on my websites concerning the new Data protection law (GDPR) in Europe that actually effects globally. Mostly i was interested how many people really take this serious. I always thought infographic is just about numbers and i found that it actually is about any information presented in a visual way.
I started with creating shapes etc...learning the Illustrator masterclass from Yes i am a designer right now i found there a real good video about charts that is available for free on you tube (the masterclass for Illustrator i bought and each chapter is worse its money) . Martin describes the chart panel inside of Illustrator. So i did use this- its a huge time saver because you don t need to create all from the scratch and bringing Data inside is much more accurate. Its even possible to import a txt. file from exel!
I wanted to keep my Infopaper simple and clean and focus on getting the information as fast and eye catching as possible. Being a lot in the internet with tons of information i think an infographic is a great way to bring a lot of information into a real short and beautiful designed excerpt. For me this type of design will be something i want to develop in future. Thanks for this course that gave me a new direction to focus on combining my love for research and simple design.
Besides the graph tool to visualize percentages i took my base color blue to Indesign and chose in the same percentage the color value with the tint option. In the end i did use this site for percentage i couldn't find how to add a HEX in the choosing color panel in Illustrator... 90% number is 90% of this blue.
Working a lot in Indesign (why in Illustrator all has his own place and not like Photoshop and Indesign quit similar? ) it took me a long time to find Paragraph styles- a textbox that i can make bigger to insert more text - mine did scale all the text with the box .... Took me a long time where to define a proportional number in styles too. And its so hard to move things all is connected and i feel out of control...But i am starting to see the plusses Illustrator has.
Concerning Infographic itself i learned that it is in a way similar to Logodesign: All needs to be necessary, in place and styled with rules, that connect form, color and content. And i think it should have not only information but a little bit of humor or emotion as well to break the taffy nature of pure information. Obviously there are many jokes about GDPR in the internet. I choose the Knock knock because this was in one of the video courses -i would have done then the video on this variation...but nobody speaks of GDPR half a year ago even if it exists since 2016. Just close to the actual date that one will be punished not to be conform (25.5.2018) starts a big panic all over... at least for those that have european clients. And i choose a joke from school that is pretty good for pupils...Cant wait for the next life class!!
And here is my first Infographic i ever did
Still needs a lot to improve specially on the map all is vector so in the vector file its possible to scale up to see better but in Spark it is possible only png and jpg files. So its a little blurry...