After a class discussion we were sat a task to create a simple infographic to display our own design process. After thinking about my current process, I began to see where I was going wrong and decided to create an infographic to display what steps I should take when creating anything in the future and iv decided that my design will be simple and adaptable so that it is clear for me to follow with ease and that I can use the process for many different things across the course of my study.
Current design process:
- Get brief 10%
- Research into what’s already been done, inspiration and consider into what needs to be done in order to meet the demands of the brief 50%
- Draw about 2-3 versions and then settle with best design so far 10%
- Complete a digital final image 30%
What my design process should be:
- Get brief 10%
- Research into what’s already been done, inspiration and consider into what needs to be done in order to meet the demands of the brief 30%
- Draw enough rough sketches showing that I have considered a large amount of different iterations and give clear indication to why I have decided to go with one image and not another (Justify your reasoning), this shouldn’t be limited to sketches but can also consider different programs which are available but should always begin with pencil and paper. 30%
- Complete a digital final image 20%
- Double check again that this meets the brief, if things need to be altered then go back to the refinement stage but if it doesn’t work, don’t just wing it with “oh it’ll do” or “im sure it’ll fit something within the brief”. If you feel like it doesn’t work, its likely it doesn’t work. Ask others for opinions if needed and make a final judgement on this. 10%
So looking into a large range of infographics I decided it would be best to not only look online on places such as google images and pinterest, it would be good to look into some books especially when they are sat within our studio, so I did exactly that. I decided to look at ‘Information is beautiful‘ by David McCandless, and for those who are unfamiliar it is basically a book jam packed with a diverse set of infographics so you will likely find something to inspire you.
Here are a few images that I took from the book that I thought would really work when considering my own infographic but also some that I just found really interesting in regards to the design.
From this I did a couple of rough sketches, within these sketches I broke down different ideas i’d like to try and I used them within a few different images;
After settling with an idea, I decided to go with creating my work on Adobe Illustrator so after an hour or so I managed to generate a design that I was pleased with.
Basically I decided to use a colour code system to show my design break down as this creates an easy to read infographic. The reason I decided to go with a natural shell shape is because the swirl could be seen as something ever lasting and this is a process that should be continuous. I decided that I liked the graphic to be in 3d considering I am studying 3d and thought creating the infographic in 3d would really personalize it for myself . I have to say I am happy with how my graphic turned out although I would like to go back and test a few more ideas.