Yayyy! Total number of art time in one week: 1,835m, or 30h 35m. Guess I can be more productive than I think. (Plus, this didn't include my studio classes at college, which are 5 x 3hrs each). Not bad, I'd have to say. And the design ain't too shabby either, I might think.
For the background, I watercoloured a purple/pink abstract painting, and scanned it in, but when I did so, more than half of the colour information faded out, so I had to take it into Photoshop and copy/manipulate the pieces that had shown through in order to have a "full" background that also looked like a natural watercolour painting.
Once I finally figured that out, I brought in the final layout as well as the "revised" background into Photoshop and started colouring in the composition. I tried different placements, even at this stage, as well as different colour schemes, finding which was the most balanced.
I started out by making some logos and creating some graphs. It wasn't until after I had nearly completed this assignment that I found out that Adobe Illustrator has graphing tools, so the pie graph and bar graph that I made for my infographic was done using the Apple Inc. "Grapher" application, which I then pasted in and traced. Probably the more complicated way to do it, but hey, it worked. I didn't know exactly what I would use for the layout of my infographic, so I went right ahead and made, using Illustrator, all the possible icons and graphs I thought I might need, including an "art table" set up which I originally sketched out in my initial process.
I then tried out some different layouts, working out hierarchy and making sure that everything fit nicely and spaciously within the piece.
Layout 3 - Final
I finally decided upon choosing my "Art Time" - as I titled it - as my subject to track time of. I kept track of every time I did artwork, writing down when I did art, what kind of art it was, what I used to do it, and what its purpose was (personal, portfolio, or homework). Below is the final data I collected for the seven days.
I found out a few things about myself once I had organized and calculated the specifics of my Art Time. One, I spend a heck of a lot of time doing artwork.
Our first time at looking into infographics in my 2D Design class, the objective of this assignment "Consumption Infographic" was to track and visually represent our "consumption", our regular actions or usage of something for seven days. The goal was to learn how to represent information that will most clearly and engagingly get through to the reader. It is a process of taking in a bunch of data and then sifting, filtering, simplifying until all that's left is the essential. At this point, the key is figuring out how to best illustrate those essentials using the elements of design (colour, typography, hierarchy, etc).
Research and Inspiration