I had a problem a lot of designers face. I spend so much time designing other people’s web sites and assorted miscellany that things like the design of my own site tend to fall to the wayside. I had a long weekend ahead of me and a fire in my belly after seeing some of the amazing designs of other people. It was time to take action.
It began with a clean up of the overall layout and template of the site, but I was still lacking an awesome hero header for my home page. After some time spent thinking about what I do and what it means, I was ready to start concepting and sketching.
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You can see the end result on the home page of the site.
Pretty cool huh?
What frustrates you most about designing graphics like this? Do you get stuck in the concepting phase? Do you start at the computer and spend precious minutes or hours staring at the screen?
Taking the time to carefully consider what charts, graphs, or graphics will best represent your data will help you get the biggest impact for the story you are trying to tell. Here are ten tips based on my own experiences wrangling data. Continue reading Ten Tips to Choosing Charts, Graphs and Graphics for Big Impact
Infographics that look great are the norm. To really stand out, it takes more than cool graphics and an interesting layout. It all starts with the story. Here are five questions to ask yourself when planning an infographic.
- Who is the audience?
- What is the key thing you want people to know? The narrower the focus the better.
- When does the story take place? Is it about a future problem or something happening right now? Will putting a time/date on it create a sense of urgency? Does that contribute to the key message?
- How does existing data support your message?
- Where is the story set?
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