Hitchings | D054 | Fall 2023

Category: Assignment 3

Assignment 3 Content Development

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.

Assignment 2 Presentations

>> Back to Week Agenda

In Class Presentations: Graphs/Charts

There are a number of well-established models that are important to understand when visualizing information. These models have evolved over time and are meant to help organize and structure quantitative information through graphic representation in ways that make concepts easier to understand.

See the list of different charts and graphs below, also featured on the >>Data Visualization Catalogue project developed by Severino Ribecca.

Please sign up for one and prepare a five-ten minute presentation to share with the class. Presentations should include:

  1. A detailed description of what the chart/graph shows best and what kind of data it represents. You can use the Data Visualization Catalogue to find this information. Please be prepared to explain what type of the information the chart/graph shows well.
  2. Carefully browse through the links listed on the class course site: >>Activities/Lessons/Inspiration and find at least two examples of the chart you are in presenting in a professional layout. Be sure to include the credits for the design work you show and be prepared to explain what the design you are showing is about.   
  3. How you decide to make your presentation is up to you. You can create a PowerPoint presentation, you can walk us through websites, you can collect a series of images in a folder and present the work from the folder. Whichever way you decide to show, your presentation should be organized and demonstrate thorough research on your part. You should be able to talk about the pieces you show.

Sign up for one of the following:

You can save your presentation into this dropbox folder (make sure you create a folder with your name on it): >>Assignment2 Presentations

Please let me know in class which you would like to present and I will add your name to the Chart/Graph:

Due Week 4

  • Bar Chart: Cassidy Crespo                     
  • Pie Chart: Melissa Vargas
  • Line Chart: Stephanie Erazo 
  • Scatter Plot Chart:  Chris Jean-Baptiste
  • Venn Diagram: Bonnie Yang

Due Week 5

  • Choropleth Map:         
  • Bubble Chart:  Cynthia Gameme  
  • Bubble Cloud: Erick Fiallos 
  • Histogram: Mercedes Alvarez
  • Venn Diagram: Bonnie Yang

Due Week 6

  • Radial Column Graph:  Jasmine    
  • Stacked Bar Chart:  Tehila Kahen                 
  • Timeline: Angy Vasquez    

Due Week 7         

  • Area Chart:  SongShi Liang                            
  • Dot Maps: John Gregorios
  • Radial Bar Chart: Zhong Jie

Due Week 8                   

  • Arc Diagram: Saria Tabassum                                           
  • Heatmap: SarahJane Hayward                  
  • Tree Diagram:  Noe Carrillo         
  • Population Pyramid