Art 444: Paula DiMarco
Week 2

Mon. 8-31 Challenge #1 Info graphics



Talk about InfoGraphics

Information Design
Pinterest (DrD)

Content research: Types of data

Statistical through survey's or polling
(Quantitative)  01 | 02  | 03 | 04

Anecdotal (Qualitative)  01 | 02 

Narrative (Qualitative)



Visual Research:

Designs (Information based) not your subject matter

       Styles: gather visual samples of various styles such as banners, typefaces used in other information graphics. Examine those and model techniques and formal attributes. Think about color palette and consistency of layout elements 01  

       Systems: Data Visualization, diagram,  collect samples of various systems for presenting information. Analyze and dissect how and why these particular systems work for the subject matter chosen. 

       Format: Look at the various ways to deliver that information. Poster, banner, brochure, billboard, or motion based.


Subject matter (not information design) other ways people have presented this subject matter

       Formats/media - how have people presented your subject matter in other ways besides information graphics.

       Perspectives - what are the different sites to the subject matter?


Read this article: The Anatomy Of An Infographic

Phase 1- Content research and visual research – (due Wednesday )

       Provide 3 different subject matters you want to focus on.

       Write in your notebook or type out all your information.  

       Compile everything to show the instructor.


Phase 2- Sketches
(Wed – week 3)

Begin to start making sketches. You should have several ideas to show instructor.




Art 444: Paula DiMarco
Wed. 9-02
Challenge #1 Info graphics




Professor will meet groups of students to find out their message.



CLASS: While you are waiting please do the following:

1.    Go through the homework (Number 1 & 2)

2.    Research and begin to sketch out icons for your infographs.

You can start here:
Sample Legends of icons

elements for infographs
(infographic arrows) (infographic shapes)

3.    Put your outline together in written form, but do it simultaneously with your research, references and sketches.

Notebook should have the following:

      Output (Poster, website, brochure, etc)
Show how the user will interact and how the document will be read. If there are folds, how will they look.  Sketch this out. You are welcome to hash out several ideas.

      Layout structure (this is the design format: timeline, chart, etc)
Sketch several ideas on the direction of your layout. Make sure you are clear on what your main thesis, concept is. What is this infographic about? How will you present the data through these 3 levels?
1. Attraction
2. Skimming
3. Reading/understanding

      Color palette
What watches of the colors will work effectively for your message.  (This will involve some research on color)

Sketches of icons are based on the key elements listed in your outline.  You should have more ideas of icons then what you will need to use.  It is always best to have more.  If you feel you cannot draw, this is the time to figure out a way to generate a sketch of an icon through tracing and mimicking other types of icons.  However, the sketches can not be digital, they must be in your notebook by hand.

Think of icons as mini logos with out words.
Create a legend that has the word or description with the icon.

      Visual References:
Include in your notebook small visual references.  These should be pasted in your notebook from printouts. (Small sizes) and
Notations on those refernces will help you clarify what aspect of the visual reference you are inspired by.


Samples of sketches from infographic designers notebooks.

Begining Thumbnails:
Sample 01 | Sample 02 |

Sketches of parts of graph (Also used for planning):
Sample 03 | Sample 04 | Sample 05 | Sample 06 | Sample 07 | Sample 08 |
Sample 09 | Sample 10 |

Sample 11 | Sample 12 | Sample 13 | Sample 14 | Sample 15 |

Second level detail sketch:
Sample 16 |

Not effective sketches (not detailed enough):
Sample 17 | Sample 18 | Sample 19 | Sample 20 |


Phase 1- Content research and visual research

1. Go through the following Links if you have not done so already. 

Information Graphics.

Design Formats


Tips for making a strong design

2. Read this article:

The Anatomy Of An Infographic

Tips, Tricks, & resources to make your own gorgeous Infographics


3. Compiling your subject matter in written form

       Make an outline (Like writing a paper)

       Message/Thesis - What do you want people to know?

       Supporting content - Details about the subject matter.

       Take action - Give them something to do. Provide instruction or more information. Use this as a marketing tool.

      Sponsor(s) - Who will sponsor this infograph and why?


Phase 2- Notebook Sketches due in 1 week
(Wed – week 3)

A detailed sketch will show all the specifics. (See to the left on those specifics)
You should have several ideas to show instructor in your notebook.

This is a graded deadline.  Anyone with out these items will be docked pay/grade.