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Comments

Here are a few comments I’ve made over this assignment:

Hey Jazz! I think that this is a great idea for an infographic! Wine is a large part of New Zealand and we have so many different winery’s to visit around the country. The grape idea is also really good, just make sure you make the grapes big enough to fit all of the information in! You may have to make them separately and have some big and small that you can put together and only have a few of them instead of a big bunch as we only have an A4 sheet to fit it all on. Really looking forward to seeing the end product.

This is a really great research post! Typography was something important that we went over in class and is important when designing an info-graphic. It will be interesting to start seeing what fonts you are looking at using, and how you use all of the elements such as hierarchy in your info-graphic.

Image is looking good so far! Seems that you have been very organised with your work and have already made a lot of progress. The grape is a great way to organise the steps of making red wine, it is simple and goes with your topic. I see that you have already added in some images to your grapes. They look great! but make sure you leave enough room to add texts and to say which steps are first, second and so on. Can’t wait to see the final product!

Hey! I have really enjoyed looking at your different font options. Typography is very important as it communicates different messages to the reader. I think that all of these fonts are good options, but you need to make sure that they are easy to read. Each of these relate to your topic, but the first few are not as easy to read as the others so maybe pick one of the last font options.

Hi Sophie,
Image is looking really great! After debating for quite some time over your topic it seems that you have been able to dive right in to making a perfect smoothie! The round edges rather than rectangles make the image appealing visually, and make your steps seem like they flow together well. The font you have picked is nice and easy to read, and catches the readers eye! I do think that you need to colour the title in some way so that it stands out more from the background. At the moment, the black blends in a little bit with the green background and I think its important for the title to be obvious!
Cant wait to see the final product,
looking good so far!

Summary

How to summarise my info-graphic:

I have to say that I underestimated this second assignment. After following instructions in class I would’ve said that I had a grasp on illustrator. It was not until I started this assignment on my laptop that I realised I did not have much of a grasp on it at all. I spent many hours on illustrator, and searching the pixarbay and flickr to find images that I could re design and hope that I picked the right final images for this info-graphic.

My final A4 info-graphic design uses the layout of a house. Each level of the house represents a different space of time in which specific steps to throw a party need to be ticked off. The house originally had three layers, but as I added more steps a fourth and fifth layer were needed. The steps go from 3 months out, to two months out, to two weeks, to one week and to the day of. These were time segments found on several different party sites. I found that the house was the best concept of my four, as if communicated clearly the time segments. I did try concept one: the balloon bunches but it failed miserably and was confusing visually.

My steps are quite simple, and the description of each is very basic on my info-graphic. I hope that my images convey as much meaning/if not more than the written text. I worked extremely hard on all of my images, and a lot of them were challenging for me to mask.

My A8 info-graphic is quite simply, but would definitely carries the visual style of my main image. I used the same font on the top of each, which was the Party Banner font from dafont.com. I thought that this alone communicated my topic as party banners are only used for events. I then used a few images from my main infographic: the calendar and champagne flutes on a table. I thought that this was nice and simple and would communicate what was to come in my info-graphic.

Same basic colour scheme was used in both. I used a light blue as my background in the A4 info-graphic, as this was one of the top colours used in advertisements and it did not draw attention away from the house. I then used a light pink for the A8 image which tied in with some of the levels of my house in the A4 image. I did end up using quite a few colours for my image, but tried to stay with happy, pastelly colours that could be associated with a party. I wanted the image to look fun and energetic for this is the atmosphere you want for a party.

Last minute changes

So last minute I have decided to add more steps to my how to throw a party steps

Steps now are:

3 months:

1. Pick a date

2. Plan a guest list

3. Set a budget

4. Choose the type of event

2 months:

5. Hire material – wine glasses etc

6. Plan the menu

7. Hire caterer if needed

8. Pick a venue, if not at house

2 weeks:

9: Buy all the food and drinks

10.Remind people to RSVP

1 week:

11. Start decorating

12. Clean party area

The day of:

13: Final set up, bring all the pieces of the party together

14. Enjoy!

Icons

Iconography is the use of images to portray a certain subject, movement or ideal. There are endless examples of well known iconography such as:

poppy

The red poppy – an icon for remembering those that died in the world wars. Anyone who say this icon would immediately understand the reference to war.

 

heart

A simple heart – an icon that represents love or romance. – when in reality hearts aren’t even attractive organs. This image has become an icon, when it has no real relevance to falling in love or romance itself

I want the images I’ve chosen to communicate the steps to the audience rather than using lots of text. Some images that I have chosen in my piece are clear icons – such as the boy and girl toilet signs.

I have used these to be the image under guest list – for everyone around the world understands these signs and what they stand for.