With this project, I was tasked with visualizing information and data in a single page of information design. The topic of health or related was recommended, but other open topics could be discussed.
I was to visualize information creatively and effectively by using only type and graphic elements. I used these constraints to create a shocking design that nevertheless communicates the facts. All information I found must come from reliable, updated sources.
Through this project, our primary learning objectives were to understand information design as well as how to analyze, organize, and visualize this data creatively. I learned how to simplify large, complex datasets into consumable infographics that deliver a message to my audience.
Based on my research and personal interests, I knew that I wanted to utilize global warming as my topic. It is a subject matter that continually demands more and more attention as humanity increases its emissions of pollutants.
The designs I received inspiration from effectively visualize their information with the design principle, scale. I wanted to implement this principle into my own design to accentuate the growing prominence of global warming in our world. My infographics successfully convey this concept, as it uses time and scale to illustrate the severity of global warming. There is a clear, consistent trend that carries across each set of data.
I designed my typography in a modern grid layout. The sans-serif typefaces reflect contemporary tastes and bring this modern issue of global warming closer to its social context through graphic design.
I wanted to highlight the rising temperatures of the Earth with a color palette of warm, analogous hues. For contrast, and to resemble the polluting smoke in the atmosphere, I wanted to use a muted, dark purple. This sharp contrast between the foreground and background is both attention-grabbing and legible for various sizes of type. These colors are the basis for all of my design elements. Some infographics utilize a gradation from white to yellow to orange, further highlighting the degradation of the Earth's ice extent due to heatwaves.
As I have become more experienced with creating meaningful and impactful designs, I believe this poster shows my improvement in many respects. While creating this information design poster, I learned a lot about the communication value of infographics, as well as composing an organized article regarding the subject matter. I discovered many new ways to visualize information and break it down into a more consumable set of data. Through the use of my graphic elements and experimentation with color palettes, the user is able to rapidly identify the context of my infographics.