On Infographics

Recently, while it is awesome that infographics have been getting popular with much needed design focus, they have gone overboard with how the information is presented. 

Any time I come across an infograph with too much data, unnecessary elements, and no clear direction, I don’t even bother looking at it. An infograph should be able to tell the viewer, fairly quickly, what the main ideas are. Not make them sift through data that’s just been rearranged and made pretty. Relevant information should be grouped and irrelevant information should be pruned. Most importantly, the main idea needs to be arranged in such a way that the viewer goes “ah-ha!”. 

Presentation of the infograph and understanding how it is to be presented, is just as important as the infograph itself. Much of the infographs I see online, seem like they aren’t intended for viewing on the screen. Maybe they were intended as print posters and the digital version was just used online, but posters don’t always translate well to a screen. Digital infographs, like everything else viewed on a screen, are bound by the proportions of a monitor and should be designed accordingly. 

Data can be beautiful. When done well, infographs, can be both practical and an art piece. 

A quote for those afraid of mistakes

“After all these years, I am still involved in the process of self-discovery. It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life”

- Sophia Loren

P.S. - Thanks Dan M. for showing me this quote. 

And here we go

Howzit? If you are here from either my personal tumblr or from LCAD's Graphic Design Student blog good to see you again. And if you are new, welcome, you have found my blog and I hope you will be a returning reader.

The other places I blog have been personal or for school but this one will be different because I will post mainly design related material and my professional life. Just a warning, I will most likely post a lot of design philosophy because that is something I find myself thinking about recently. I know it's not very visual and exciting for some, so I apologize in advance if it seems a bit dry. BUT if it does tickle your fancy, I would love to hear your thoughts and feel free to start a dialogue.

Also, my time at LCAD is coming to an end and I want to save my posts that I have published before my torched will be passed on. So before they are no longer accessible, I'll be in the process of moving my posts (the relevant ones) to this blog.  

So there you have it, a new chapter in my blogging life and I hope you stick around for a good time.