I would use map and flag to stand for a country
I am thinking using the color combination and Rockwell and/or Roboto fonts (because these fonts are easy to read and there are many variations, e.g. regular, bold, medium, light, condensed, italic)
Trace the bitmap maps into vector maps (.ai format)
Place the vector maps on a reference map.
I think that I have gathered some data to start working on the infographic
Statistics New Zealand website is a good place to find certain data. There are some great infographics produced by staff of Statistics NZ. e.g.
I would like to create an infographic based on the international trade data between China and New Zealand.
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. (wikipedia)
1. What Font Is Your Beard?
2. Why your brain craves infographics
Click on the image to see a full interactive infographic | Source: Neomam Studios
3. An Illustrated Guide To “Game Of Thrones”
Click on the image to see a full interactive infographic | Source: Nigel Evan Dennis
4. 50 Awesome Facts about Languages
Source: UIC London Language school
5. Supplement Vs Food
6. Is Elon Musk the real life Tony Stark?
7. Distance to Mars
Click on the image to see a full interactive visualization | Source: distancetomars.com
8. 50 things to do at the airport
9. 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words
Click on the image to enlarge it | Source: uniquelang.peiyinglin.net
10. 24 hours of sunsets
In his 1983 ‘landmark book’ The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte defines ‘graphical displays’ in the following passage:
“Graphical displays should:
- induce the viewer to think about the substance rather than about methodology, graphic design, the technology of graphic production or something else
- avoid distorting what the data have to say
- present many numbers in a small space
- make large data sets coherent
- encourage the eye to compare different pieces of data
- reveal the data at several levels of detail, from a broad overview to the fine structure.
- serve a reasonably clear purpose: description, exploration, tabulation or decoration.
- be closely integrated with the statistical and verbal descriptions of a data set.
Characteristics of Effective Infographics
- Informative – audience learns something
- Easy to read
- Easy to understand
- Uses quality data
- Has a point of view
- Manageable amounts of info
- Easily distinguishable and comparable data
- Good use of contrast
- Clear labeling
- Created for a reason
- Appropriate visual methods
- Not wasting space
- Black and white factor
- Avoid information overload
- Key identification
- Data dense
- Use of axis labels and scales
- Vertical or horizontal organization
- Use of color
- Data in chunks
- Appropriate for intended audience
- No distortion of data
- Space management
- Visibility across different mediums
- Simple and organized
- No chart junk
- Visually pleasing
- Grab viewer’s attention
- Balance between amount and size of text
- For a general audience
- Consistency of content
- Encourages comparisons
- Clear purpose
- Appropriate size
- Meaningful story
- Functional – effectively portrays the data
- Miller’s magic number
- Use of realism
- Use of noticeable differences in size
- Appropriate use of fonts
- Display what is relevant
- Use of pictures
My social debate image inspiration comes from the world’s first Taniwha and Dragon Festival, a celebration of the bonds between Maori and Chinese people. In the festival, Auckland’s Chinese community were formally welcomed with a pòwhiri on to Òràkei Marae by Ngàti Whàtua warriors and whànau, and accompanied by a dancing Chinese dragon. I was a witness for this wonderful event and took lot of photos. Maori and Chinese can builds understanding and empathy as they have a shared experience of being discriminated against in New Zealand. According to a 2012 report (Working Together: Racial discrimination in New Zealand), Asian has the highest levels of racial discrimination, followed by Maori. The intended communication objective is to construct an image that will celebrate the bonds between Maori and Chinese people and build understanding with their cultural diversity.
I took a hongi image between a Maori-chef and a China old man in the festival. It is a very harmony picture which I would like to manipulate to reflect the bonds between the Maori and Chinese people. From the photos I took at the event, I look for the Maori and Chinese elements that represent the cultural tradition. Chinese dragon dance, a Marae and warrior are composed into the image. I have tried many different compositions. I used the layer mask as the non-destructive method to mask the portion that I don’t want on the image. I found that removing the background around lots of hair of the warrior is a bit challenging. I have watched a lot of Youtube videos regarding different methods that remove background around fine hair. I found one easy and quick method of doing that, especially using it against a light background in this image. I used part of the dragon to make the tattoo for the Chinese man to match the tattoo of the Maori-chef. The dragon tattoo was desaturated and put on the face of the Chinese man using the multiply layer mode. The background of the hongi image has been masked out and the background of the final image is using the background of the dragon dancing image. The hongi image with 70% opacity and with a Channel mixer applied to it is the dominant element that occupies 70% of the image and it gives a big impact for the viewer. Overall the image achieves my intended purpose of celebrating the bonds between Maori and Chinese people and build understanding with their cultural diversity.