Information Design: Turning Location Based Ideas into Infographics

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Class Project

Design a simple map infographic

About the Class

We’ll take you from beginning to end of a simple map infographic project, that you will feel confident placing in your portfolio!


By now, everyone knows what an infographic is. But do you ever find yourself mindlessly scrolling through tumblr or fffound, wondering why they work so well, and how they look so good? While there's no formula to making a successful graphic, this class will help guide students down the path of understanding how to create basic data visualizations.

What You'll Learn

  • Inspiration, Tools, and Sketches. We'll answer questions like, what makes a great map, how to think about the data in a visual way and how to proceed with looking at your data sets.
  • Bringing Sketches to Life. We'll start to put pen to paper (or in this case, pen tool to artboard!) and get the most out of your work-time. 
  •  Visual Design. We'll show you how to take a set of data from numbers to a finished, published piece of artwork for a client.

What You'll Make
You'll create an infographic map that communicates historical location based data. We'll give you a choice of several data sets to translate into a stunning visualization. By the end of this class you will be able to show off your capacity to turn numbers into graphics. 

Class Award

For the class award, we'll post a few of our favorites to our blogs, twitter and tumblr. We want the most outstanding infographics that come out of this class to get lots of recognition!

More Information

It would be great if you have a working understanding of Adobe Illustrator CS3+ (you can download a free trial), but if you want to work in a different medium for this project (hand drawn, cut paper, paint, etc.) feel free to experiment. We'll also provide some resources to get you started with Illustrator if this is your first time using the program.

Level: Beginner

School: Design

Related Subjects: Information Design, Infographics, Data Visualization, Visual Storytelling, Map Design

At a Glance

  • 3 Video Lessons (59m)
  • 733 Students
  • 80% Positive Reviews (35)
  • Self-Paced Online Class

About the Teacher

Liz Meyer & Gavin Potenza

Liz Meyer & Gavin Potenza

Illustrators & Designers

Liz and Gavin are illustrators and designers working from Greenpoint, Brooklyn.Liz Meyer is a graduate of Cooper Union's Typography Program, named a "Young & Hungry Creative" by HO...

80% Positive Reviews

Cesar Picco

Cesar Picco

I loved the class. Hopefully there are plans for an itermediate course. Thank you!

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