“Find some examples of information graphics. What can you learn from them and when
would it be appropriate to use a similar design solution? For this exercise you are going to describe your immediate surroundings using information graphics…”
Some magazine infographics…a flow chart.
And more charts….
Here’s a lovely one I found online..
And a more sober one, which is maybe just a chart rather than an infographic?!
There are plenty of websites devoted to this subject such as Cool Infographics, Daily Infographics etc… Some display facts, such as a historical timeline, or clusters of information, grouped into flow charts.
Some display statistics and data. Often with graphs, percentages or maps (depending on the subject) So I couldn’t resist playing with the graph options available in Illustrator, and an “arc circle chart” made with my custom brushes. So here’s what I came up with. They look so pretty, maybe I can shoe horn in a graph somehow?!!!!
Anyway. Obviously I need a suitable topic for this, so I chose my kitchen….
And quite quickly wished I hadn’t (!)
The difficulty is how do you display information in a way that isn’t like a drawing of a kitchen plan? In hindsight I actually think I would have been better off drawing my kitchen units in one point perspective and labelling everything with a key. Similar to this example here with the large points of info (though this is an aerial view of course)
As it is, I don’t think I have really come up with any good solutions here, but blimey I tried!
How to colour code? By location or food/non-food? Hmmmm…
(The dots are items on the worktop)
Thinking about adding some “statistics”….
This one is the most abstract…
How much detail should I go into with a key? Do I need one?! Arrgggh.
OK. I decided on an aerial view with statistics. Here it is as a computer rough. I’m not sure how to explain this view – a splayed aerial view?!
And my final colour version with the (entirely pointless) statistics
Does anyone need to find their way around my kitchen? Could they?
As I said, I think a more conventional drawing of a kitchen might have worked better, but this certainly got me thinking a lot about problem solving. Whimper.