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At first, our group had a difficult time coming up with a topic we all liked to base our infographic off of. We wanted our purpose to be both informational and helpful to the people who were referencing it. But the same time, we had a feeling most of the other groups were going to create more serious infographics so our plan was to create one that dealt with a more appealing and enthusiastic feel to it. It took us several days to come up with our final theme, having ideas that ranged from “The Art of Procrastinating” and “Burger Eating.” Since the holidays are coming up, it only seemed logical to create an infographic that could relate to the most celebrated time of the year. A struggle that many, if not all of us, go through is creating and keeping a legitimate New Year’s Resolution.
After deciding on a general topic, we spent some time thinking about what the main focus of our infographic would be. Upon realizing that the most common problem that people have pertaining to new year’s resolutions is that they have a hard time keeping them, we came to the conclusion that focusing on how to keep a new year’s resolution would make the most impact as well as cater to a broader audience. New Year’s resolutions are everybody’s way of saying that they are trying to make a new start, turn a new leaf, or do something with their lives. Our infographic is useful to anyone who is currently trying to stay committed to a resolution because our infographic has advice that can help them reach their goal. Our audience includes all people who make a new year’s resolution because it pertains to them and has all the information they need on how to be successful in completing it.
The design of this infographic is supposed to give a positive vibe and encourage a sense of victory or celebration. The way that the colors are boldest at the top draw the viewer’s eyes to the title, or topic, grabbing their interest. From there, the colors and shapes fade off as the infographic starts to focus more heavily on statistics and information. Towards the end, however, the celebratory theme picks up again with the reappearance of the stars. The charts and visuals were also added to aid the viewer in understanding our infographic. Each visual references to some fact, statistic, or piece of advice that is mentioned in its same general area, and as a whole, they make our infographic seem more visually appealing and colorful.
We realized early on that we wanted to create an infographic to inform our audience in a way that would help them accomplish tasks the average person is not capable of. For example, an infographic on how to build a computer would present a watered down guide that could point people in general directions, such as what type of processor to buy, or how much RAM is needed for specific functions.
After some browsing we landed on the idea of creating an interactive infographic to help those with little technical background make a decision about what type of device would best suit their needs. To address this type of audience, however, we had to assume that they knew nothing aside from what they desired their device for.
Our graphic is neatly broken into three parts, the eye-grabbing title, the flowchart that narrows down what the reader is looking for, and the table of information. As expected, the first item that the viewer should see is the title. We decided to use a solid oval instead of a hollow one to designate its purpose as a more important bubble. The flip-flop of the bubble/text color scheme that becomes standard throughout the rest of the graphic also serves that function. The lighter background pops out at the reader more, hopefully intriguing them enough to want to read on. The convenient aspect to the title, however, is that it directly feeds the reader into the middle part, our flowchart. The flowchart is intended as a robust ‘weed-out’ mechanism that isolates their preferences and expectations for a device and uses that information to guide them to a specific selection within the third block of the infographic. By bridging the gap between the title and the data, a task that we struggled with, the flowchart smoothly brings the reader to the final, and most complex portion of the infographic. This data-intensive table serves to give the reader a much more detailed description of each device. We designed this section to have one purpose: provide a visual representation of each category so that the reader can make trivial comparisons across columns at a glance, but also have the ability to read the text in each cell for more detailed information.
Originally, we had conflicting views about how much text we desired to see in the infographic. When one of us wanted images to convey generic ideas to the reader, the other wanted a more text-based and statistic-heavy section to show every detail about the devices. Our great compromise can be seen in the third block of the infographic, where a combination of icons and short texts are used to present the information. In doing this, the two styles can support each other by offering general concepts through images, and more specific details through short phrases. This, overall, balanced out the infographic and allowed it to present information in an engaging and informative way simultaneously.
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We chose the topic of the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak for our infographic project. It did not take us a long time to decide on this subject; many people are curious about the Ebola virus due to its unclear origins and often-dramatized effects. We decided to put information about things the average citizen should know, starting with a disclaimer of the probability of contraction and a timeline of its most recent flare-up. We focused our timeline specifically on the Ebola virus present in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. It initially originated several decades ago, but its damage has significantly increased in 2014. The timeline of the Ebola virus shows how rapidly it is spreading and affecting other countries. The reported number of human cases in 2014 is larger than cumulative reported cases of Ebola virus from its start to 2013. This timeline is designed to not only show its progress, but the magnitude of its scope in Africa.
We realized that merely listing information about the Ebola virus might not be useful to viewers, so we took another step, developing our infographic by explaining Ebola’s symptoms and what not to do in order to avoid the virus. We recognized that its transmission is different from other common diseases, such as cold or common flu. By demonstrating how to avoid those illnesses, the public can grasp the basic methods of staying clean and disease-free. More people should be warned and not neglect importance of easy prevention of diseases, such as keeping your hands clean.
This infographic is for everyone who heard about the Ebola virus and is concerned about its presence in America. These diseases do not only affect him/herself, but also damages people around. By understanding and practicing simple common methods of prevention, your risk of getting serious illness can go down significantly. Since our topic of infographic is quite familiar to many people, we targeted a wide group of audience, and finding information was not that hard. We gave extra attention to how to organize our information and data. I hope people can increase their awareness in diseases and its prevention by viewing our infographic on Ebola 2014.
We decided to to make our infographic about the effects of caffeine. We wanted to do something about coffee, we decided to focus our infographic around the effects of caffeine itself, as neither of us really knew what it did aside from keeping people awake. We decided to split our infographic down the middle, with positive effects on one side of a human body and all of the negative effects on the other side. This helped make it more organized. We tried to arrange the information around the human body to provide a balance, so there wasn’t too much clutter in anyone one area.
This worked out fairly well; since caffeine is a stimulant, most of it’s effects are in the central nervous system. So, we were able to put two large bubbles with general effects caffeine has on the central nervous system on either side , this further helps to divide the inforgraphic. Then we added in other information around the human’s torso. However since caffeine primarily acts on the nervous system, it has very few effects that act on other area’s of the body. This left us with some empty space. To solve this, we placed additional facts in the blank space inside of the circular coffee stains.
We put one additional fact on each side of the infographic to maintain balance. These facts also align with the positive versus negative divide that we established. Conveniently, these extra effects can’t rally be targeted to a specific body area, so this way we could still include them. On the positive side, we noted caffeine’s link to lower suicide rates, and on the negative side we noted that a lethal dose of caffeine would take approximately 100 cups of coffee. The fact that it would take so much coffee to die of a caffeine overdose also helps to reinforce our argument since it shows how safe caffeine is.
We put a happy guy on the positive side, and a crazy lady on the negative side. We used different colors to display the information on the different sides. On the positive side we primarily used blue since it’s associated with being calm, and on the negative side we used red since it’s much more aggressive. We also used neutral colors, and put text in contrasting colors so it was easy to read.