Project 1 Information Graphic: Now that you have spent some time defining your thesis (statement) and learning about your topic, it’s time to gather, organize and assess your data, and begin your visual solution.

As you begin to sketch and visualize your ideas, keep going back to your thesis statement, all components of your design solution should support your thesis statement. Keep revising!


Week 6 Monday 10/16/23

  1. Browse tips posted here: >>Lesson/Research and >>Lesson/Content Development
  2. Please make a folder in the class Dropbox folder with your name and save your concept sketches and design comps as PDFs into the >>Assignment03-Concept Development

A. Content Development

  1. Your project should have one main focused thesis:
    • What’s the core message?
    • What’s the main question being answered?
  2. Organize your content into a clear outline
  3. Use bullet points to organize details for each section
  4. Gather and edit the data to support your thesis.
  5. Identify the type of graph that will help you visualize this data: >>The Data Visualisation Catalogue

B. Inspiration

You can find inspiration and explore some excellent design work here: >>Lessons/Inspiration

  • Gather images from a variety of sources that help to inspire and guide you
  • Identify at least three designers who have successfully completed work that is inspiring and perhaps related to aspects of your project

C. Sketches

Create at least 2 or 3 sketches of your layout and related ideas:

  • Each sketch MUST have a border around it, in proportion to the actual final work in order to clearly specify the dimensions of the space. Sketches can be scaled much smaller.
  • Sketches should give you a sense the of the space you are working with and show how you might organize the content to fit. Reference your outline from your content document. Work within a grid.

D. Defining A Grid

Set up the document in InDesign. Create several pages with different grid systems. Chunk your outline into sections and lay them out within the gird.

  • Tabloid Poster – 11×17 inches (Vertical layout)
  • Margin: 0.5”
  • Bleed: 0.25”
  • Set up a grid
  • Gutter: .025”

E. Asset Building

  • Begin to create and collect needed images. If you are illustrating your piece make sure you set aside the time to create the illustrations. If you are using photography, make sure they are high-resolution and visually consistent
  • Set up a file in Illustrator and continue to build and experiment with the graph tools

F. Typeface

Carefully select (no more than 2) typefaces you would like to work with for your project. Do your research and show your research.

  • Study the typefaces available to you
  • Choose two different typefaces that compliment each other, perhaps a serif and a sans serif
  • Try to choose typefaces that come with a large variety of of fonts: Light, Condensed, Heavy, Extended, etc.