How to make a good infographic

I’ve been researching and reading about infographics and how to create a powerful visual. I also found some interesting information about the anatomy of an infographic. A core info graphic is composed of 3 important parts: visual, content and knowledge.

1. Visual
-Color Coding
-Graphics
-Reference Icons
2. Content
-Time Frames
-Statistics
-References
3. Knowledge
-Facts
-Deductions

There are also 5 essential parts to a good infographic. They are:

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Summary

My infographic describes the process of making Japanese sushi. There are 4 main parts in the A4 image, which are ingredients, process of making sushi rice, the rolling of the sushi and the final outcome. Making sushi is a complicated process that includes many different small steps so my objective was to illustrate it in a simple yet effective way using colourful catchy objects and texts. The colour I mainly used in my inforgraphics was baby blue, which creates a fresh sense and also refers to sushi as a healthy food. The background colour is quite soft so the colour of the sushi and other stuff can stand out more and attract audiences’ attention. Moreover, I put the process in 5 separate sections so that it’ll be easier to follow and identify which step to do first and after. All the text (except the tittle) was in black colour, which is simple but easy to read.  The most challenging part in making these images was the making of the piece of sushi. Fortunately, I found a very useful website that shows me how to make the details like the rice, nori seaweed, the toppings and other things like the sushi plate, the water bowl, etc. I followed their tutorials carefully and finally succedded in creating a piece of sushi including the toppings using the Pentool. For example, I created the salmon roes by drawing a couple of circles with the ellipse tool and fill them with linear gradients using orange tones. After creating all the main objects I need, I just duplicated them and organised them nicely.The most exciting part about making these info graphics was looking for the fonts and trying them on to see how they look on the images. I had some troubles at the beginning as I successfully downloaded the fonts but did not know how to install them. Then I went and watched some tutorial videos and they showed me how to active the fonts in Adobe Illustrator using FontBook. My A8 size business card is a small version of the large infographic as it  summarise the large graphic’s content. I decided to make this really simple by just adding 2 pieces of sushi and a pair of chopsticks with a short tittle (How to make sushi) so the audience can easily tell what the large graphic is about. I used the same colour tone for both images as they could be related and matching. I also tried to make the text as concise and simple as possible so it doesn’t look super busy in the image because I want the audience to focus more on the visual aspect but still get some primary information out of it. This assignment is really useful as it gives me the opportunity to get to know and work with Adobe Illustrator. I still need to learn and practice more in order to improve my skill in the future!

References

Bays, V (n.d). A little sunshine [font]. Retrieved from: http://www.dafont.com/a-little-sunshine.font

Geswein, K (n.d). KG A little swag [font]. Retrieved from: http://www.dafont.com/kg-a-little-swag.font

Homemade sushi recipe and tutorial (Maki rolls) (2011). Retrieved June 7th, 2014, from: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2011/11/homemade-sushi-recipe-and-tutorial-maki.html

Making sushi part 1: Sushi rice recipe (2011). Retrieved June 7th, 2014, from: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2011/05/making-sushi-part-1-sushi-rice-recipe.html

Type, T (n.d). 3Dumb & 2Dumb [font]. Retrieved from: http://www.dafont.com/3dumb-2dumb.font

 

WIP

I’ve been working quite hard on the image and this is what I’ve done so far.

Screen Shot

There are still many things to add on to make a complete infographic but as I already created all the main objects, now I only need to duplicate them and move them around as well as adding texts into it.

Research

So I’ve been really busy lately with exams n other assignments that I haven’t really been doing anything for this brief. Over the weekend, I did some work and also some research on how to draw sushi with Adobe Illustrator. I looked up on Google and found many tutorials and interesting articles on this topic so I just try to follow the tutorials and apply the techniques into my own work.

Illustrator Tutorial: Japanese Sushi.

http://www.vectordiary.com/illustrator/japanese-sushi-tutorial/

Design a Sushi Vector Illustration:

http://bloomwebdesign.net/2010/10/design-a-sushi-vector-illustration/