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Information Design: Turning Location Based Ideas into Infographics

teacher avatar Liz Meyer & Gavin Potenza, Illustrators & Designers

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3 Lessons (59m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Bringing Sketches to Life

    • 3. Start to Finish Process with Gavin

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About This 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!

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Liz Meyer & Gavin Potenza

Illustrators & Designers


Liz and Gavin are designers and illustrators working from Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Liz Meyer is a graduate of Cooper Union's Typography Program, named a "Young & Hungry Creative" by HOW Magazine & Fresh talent by Communication Arts. Her clients include Time, Fast Company, New York Times, Bloomberg, AOL, and more.

Gavin Potenza was named a Young Gun by the Art Director's Club in 2010, and a "Young & Hungry Creative" by HOW Magazine. His work has been featured in the pages of ComputerArts, HOW, and multiple Gestalten, Rockport & Taschen Books.

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1. Introduction: - Hey, - guys, - in Listen, - I'm Gavin. - Things were signing up for us. - Um, - for this class will be guiding you through the basics of making map infographic using the - topic of hurricanes in the U. - S. - If you haven't checked out, - the data get it might seem really intimidating. - But please don't worry. - We'll walk you through it and help you select five or so points from that data that you - want a feature on your map. - Yeah, - but before we get talking about that too much, - um, - we're going to start with, - like, - a little bit of an overview of all the different types of maps that you can create and what - makes certain I'm successful and what makes others not so successful. - And as a reminder, - if you're not super skilled an illustrator Photoshopped um, - you can always create project in your favorite medium, - whether that's painting, - drawing, - even cut paper or anything else. - And we prefer to work digitally. - But that doesn't mean you have to also, - we'll show you guys some really good examples of non digitally made maps later on, - like in the video, - and so you can see how great those could be and some of those non digitally created things - like painted and hand drawn, - illustrated sort of things or the most compelling. - And they get promoted a lot on social media networks and tumbler such like so it might be a - really good option if you're a little bit more advanced. - If you want to try something new or if you really don't like toe work digitally at all. - So anyway, - onto the maps. - Um, - So for the next, - um, - 20 minutes or so, - 30 minutes or settle, - we are going to be showing you some different types of infographic maps satyr gonna - hopefully help you with your project. - We're gonna show a little bit about what makes certain one successful. - What makes others not on. - You know, - all the different types of things that you can do on the maps. - We're gonna talk about story and how story is the key to a successful infographic. - Essentially, - when you break down an infographic, - there are two parts to it. - There is the data and the story behind it. - You know, - I generally think infographics should give an overview of a certain situation. - Um, - they're kind of most successful as a generalization of text or story and a set of data. - The raw down it lacks the story, - and the story lacks visual overview. - And so the purpose of the Infographic is to sort of marry the two. - It provides the story for the data and provides an overview for the story. - So it's a project that we're gonna be doing. - We have to ask ourselves a couple of different questions before we get started. - So one of the most important things to understand is what you're trying to accomplish with - this infographic. - And what is the story that you'd like to convey? - That's incredibly important to understand what you're trying to tell the audience, - because if you don't know that from the very beginning, - then you're kind of starting with a disadvantage. - You're starting with a handicap of some kind. - So the next question you want to ask yourself is, - Should I rely on the data itself to convey the story? - Or should I assist the story with illustration? - And that's yeah, - that's generally what an infographic issue. - Wanna kind of introduce bits of illustration to help, - you know, - tell the story to help people understand that raw data. - You know, - you want to bring it to a more graphic level so that people I can understand what you're - trying to convey. - Yeah, - but I think there's a danger in that, - though going too far with illustration. - There's a lot of people in their first starting out. - They tend to go on the side of too much illustration, - and then it muddles up the entire graphic. - And then you lose the data in a way. - So it's really important to make sure that your story is being told using a little bit of - illustration as a bit of a fun factor and potentially a storyteller. - But just to make sure that the data is front and center and being understood completely, - yeah, - the most. - I mean, - the single most important thing is obviously, - is that your true to the data and that everything is accurately represented and that you're - not exaggerating or, - you know, - falsely representing anything. - In our case, - in this project, - we're gonna be looking at Hurricane, - so there's a ton to work with. - So when you first get your data, - you want to take a look at it and you want to analyze it and understand what sort of story - , - it's telling you, - the designer, - the first thing we wanted to show you guys, - even though you might think it's a little silly, - is actually the most recognizable type of map infographic, - which is the weather map. - And it's agreed. - Example. - Because of how basic it is. - There are actually several layers of data communicated there, - though, - um, - first of all, - the map provides the base layer. - The icons are there to provide the generalized information. - Um, - for the viewer. - Like what? - You know, - What is the weather like? - Is it sunny? - Is it snowing? - Is it raining? - There's some nice visuals for you to look at. - The map itself, - actually, - is someone of a heat map. - It's not a literal heat map. - It's actually a form of a style of map infographic, - where different areas air highlighted. - So in this situation, - bread means hot and blue means cold. - You know, - it's it's really basic, - but it's it's really understandable. - Which is the point, - um, - so then there's usually another layer on top of this, - with more detailed weather maps, - which is the jet stream. - So that's yet another layer, - which is kind of amazing if you can if you worked with maps before getting that many layers - of information on top of each other without cluttering the spaces. - Really amazing. - I think this is a great example of ah, - really great infographic. - You know, - it's talking about the weight of the world in which which countries, - um, - consume the most calories. - So it's very clear you know which countries air consuming the most. - The U. - S. - At 66.3% that's the type is very large, - it standing out. - So in this situation they've made the most important number is bigger than the smaller - numbers. - So we can very, - very clearly see what is the most important. - And what are the ones that are being called out as more extreme in a way. - And you can tell that it's pretty extreme when you see the word weight of the world, - and then you see the number 66. - I'm assuming without even reading any of the information. - That is probably a bad thing for the U. - S. - Usually, - and here's a great also a great example, - like where you know, - the illustration really helps convey the message. - You know, - they're using the scale, - and as you can see the 66% is weighing down that scale all the way, - whereas 18% is barely, - you know, - creating an impact on that scale. - Yeah, - and it's It's so simple. - But it's so nice and it's just it's really easy to understand, - and you don't have to stare it it for 10 minutes to try to get the information out of it. - You see it right away, - and that's that's a really, - like a really cool thing to be able to dio with a very simple graphic like this, - and they've actually made use of the flags within the illustration. - So there is actually, - uh, - you no further purpose for that illustration and, - you know, - and that's always like, - really important to look for are clever opportunities to introduce more information, - you know, - whether it so. - Although this isn't like a full on map infographic, - um, - it's still not based, - and you know that all of the information is relevant to the matter. - But it's a great example where, - you know, - maybe there was so much information that they couldn't fit it all in the map. - So they used. - They used this color system where they could actually call out, - You know all of the different sets of data and then have it relate today, - their location on the map. - Yeah, - that's very clever to do when you've worked with maps for a long time. - It does become really difficult to fit all the information in there just on the map itself - . - So you need to learn how to bring different points out and try to incorporate them in an - attractive way without it making without muddling the information which can often happen if - things were running into each other. - So this is really nice really set up into a grid, - and it's really readable. - Very nice. - This is by always with honor, - by the way, - they're really great designers. - This is another really great infographic by Nicholas Filton, - also known as Beltran. - Um, - I wanted to show this one because it's a great example where there are quite there, - actually, - like not very many data points in this, - you know, - I think there are like seven airport locations, - but yet it's still very interesting and still conveys the message. - I think Nicholas had a very clever way of introducing the gas consumption, - which was through the airplane icon and then the statistic following that airplane not - going. - And though there isn't a lot of data here, - it's still getting the message across, - and it still looks very nice, - Um, - as well, - sometimes when you don't have a whole lot of data to plot out on the map. - This is where you can make use of those supplemental stats like Nicholas had. - You know, - this is where he has £42 under 37 seats. - You know, - different points that you know, - might help tell the story. - Yeah, - And also something to think about is that you know, - you might look at this map and say, - Well, - why did he even bother plotting those points? - Why did it even need a map? - But, - you know, - if you were to be given this information, - just is like a an article or a list on the left hand side of the page. - You might not read it. - You might not want to look at it. - So it's It's pretty. - It's a good example of why we do use maps to show information and why they really help - convey in for me. - You know why? - Why? - Maps actually convict So it's a good example of by We used maps to convey information, - to grab attention and to get people to read what's going on. - Yeah, - although we know you know where each of the cities are most likely, - you know, - it's still very impactful to see them blood it out like that. - So this one is a great example of using multiple layers of data on the same plane. - So he makes really good use of the key, - which is a very, - very useful tool and condensing lots of information. - And it's it's kind of interesting because the first thing you see when you come to this map - is are the color. - So you know that those are the most important things. - So those air that's again using hierarchy Teoh explain your data a little bit easier for - the viewer. - So this is another example of a really great one and not unlike that first, - always with honor, - one that we had shown. - It makes use of several sets of data within these call out boxes. - So it's very clear, - you know, - uh, - he actually doesn't use size variations to represent the more important information he just - use his number, - which is just a successful at times. - Obviously, - In that first example, - though, - it's a wonder it made more sense to have the science variations to communicate, - to convey, - you know, - the heaviness. - And in this example, - this works best. - I feel because there are just so many and, - you know, - there's kind of a list of companies, - and maybe it doesn't matter that IBM is is number one. - You know, - it's just a way to house lots of, - uh, - sets of information. - I actually think that this is really interesting. - You know, - um, - the visuals are really cool on. - You Immediately get what's going on, - though it is a little bit cluttered, - like it's a little bit hard to see. - All that's going on, - um, - or what information is being communicated? - The idea is there, - but I think this might be an example of where the message is lost, - right? - It's as you can see that the the tickets are not all exactly formatted the seam, - which you don't have to have everything formatted exactly, - perfectly the same. - But in this case, - there's just so much information on this map that it's really hard for me to tell where to - look first. - So that's it's, - Ah, - another example of hierarchy and using hierarchy to your advantage. - And in this situation, - I don't think that it's working as well as many others do. - For example, - I'm looking mostly at I c E L a X and SLC first, - because those are big and bold, - whereas the ones that are more in pastel it's it's a little bit more difficult to see. - So just something to think about as not a bad example, - but as a an example of something that if you choose some one of the data sets that has a - lot more data or you choose to put 20 points instead of 10 you know, - take a look at this and just make sure you're not going to crazy with it. - So this map for me personally and chose this one, - it's not a bad map. - It's not bad looking. - I actually really think it's really fun, - and it's really interesting to look at. - But the problem that I have with it is that it does not relate at all like the data does - not relate at all to the map itself, - and I understand what they're trying to do with the, - you know, - New York City subway map. - But since it's relating to other cities, - it's not quite communicating as I would hope it would, - just because the city's don't relate to New York City at all. - And New York City is actually one of the cities that they're talking about. - So it's just kind of it's kind of hard to read properly and understand, - but I do really enjoy the colors and how bold it is. - So something about going bold and colorful with your map. - I would love that. - So as a final thought, - we're gonna leave you guys with the steps of creating an infographic in a successful one at - that. - Hopefully first, - you obviously want to pick out your set of China. - So from the set that we provided for you, - we want to make sure that you guys understand that you should pick a fuse, - points like 5 to 10 points that you're gonna map, - not the whole entire thing, - because that would be crazy. - Just maybe 5 to 10. - Just pick and choose, - You know, - find the most compelling pieces that you think are really interesting and go for it next, - you're gonna give your map a title. - You're gonna want to set the tone for the story that you're about to tell to your audience - . - And you want to make sure that as clear as possible. - If you guys need a help with any of this, - please. - You know, - right in the discussions panel, - we'll try to help you come up with different titles and that Would you make your make the - most compelling Infographic? - Start laying out your data. - Um, - just get like a rough layout going, - you know, - seeing how it all fits to get how it all fits on your map. - Next, - you're gonna want to find your hierarchy. - So what do you want people to see first? - What do you want them in? - See? - 2nd 3rd etcetera. - It's really important that you make sure Teoh have different size text on their in - different size imagery and everything. - It's you just want to make sure it's easy to understand. - On First Street in a great a great way to test this out is like, - you know, - for that first level of hierarchy, - you know, - the most important level, - like try standing a couple feet away from the computer and see if you can actually see - individual. - See what text you know stands out. - Um, - make sure the most important text is the biggest, - which you would think is obvious. - But some people do not know that. - And then if you get a little closer, - what can you read after that? - And then if you get really close, - you know, - is there any supplemental information? - Um, - you know, - in a great a great rule is is to just have 3 to 4 levels of hierarchy. - And, - yeah, - the actual map is kind of your foundation. - You know, - um, - that's the base layer that you're building everything on top of, - and that is a clear information. - The next step is to find opportunities for illustration so you can go several ways. - With this, - you can go full on illustration while the wall illustration. - You can do little icons for each point. - You could do an icon for each state or country or whatever you're mapping. - Um, - it really depends on your map, - and it really depends on your information that you're using. - But it's really nice when you add in a tiny touch of illustration and could be really, - really good, - and I could make it all the more interesting to look at him back. - Yeah. - Is there any more information that can be added to help tell the story? - You know it's not. - Maybe the debt is not that important. - But if people are really looking into the infographic, - you know, - this could help them understand further. - You know, - like some random statistic about how the hurricanes affected wild wildlife. - Maybe. - Or, - you know, - I don't know if we have that data, - but, - you know, - just like random stats that someone might be interested if they look closer into it. - And also, - if you are going to do that, - you need toe sight your sources, - which is really important. - That's why we gave you. - We gave you data from the N O W A, - which is a government organization for weather tracking. - Um, - it's it's really important to use legit data rather than just Wikipedia stuff at Wikipedia - . - Stuff can be legitimate. - It's just, - you know you have to. - You have to make sure their sources air correct, - begin to style eyes. - So here you want toe, - infuse your own style into the map, - and so you don't have to use Ah, - completely stylized map. - You can use a vector map. - You can use something very basic but adding your own touches of your favorite color or - something that's gonna make it pop and be really different from someone else's boring map. - Make it make it really cool may get you're your own. - Or make a really professional or make it really static. - Or, - you know, - whatever you want to tell, - you know whatever story you want to tell with the map. - This is where you want to do it, - and this is when you want to add your sources and you want to give yourself credit or give - the client credit. - Um, - this is just really important and, - you know, - it kind of like legitimizes your infographic If you have, - you're proper, - sources cited. - Yeah, - I just think about this part as a bibliography to your infographic. - So if you did your thesis in college and you didn't have a bibliography than you probably - wouldn't be taken very seriously, - and that's the same way it is with these. - And it seems like, - you know, - it's just a graphic. - What's a big deal? - But it's It's actually really important to give people the proper credit for doing all that - research that you just took and you made look attractive. - So your job is not just to make things look attractive, - it's It's to work within certain bounds professionally, - so the next step is to refine and make sure it's communicating. - So this is another time when you'll probably want to step back and take another good hard - Look at what you've been doing. - Just make sure that what you're trying to say is coming through. - Definitely on. - This is also a good time to get your friends to look at it. - Some non designers, - random people on the street, - whatever you want to dio get them toe, - take a look and tell you if they understand what your maps trying to explain last just - finishing up. - You know any final touches? - Um, - anything else you can dio Yeah, - maybe add a little bit of texture. - Maybe have a little like wash of water color something to spice it up a little bit. - Make it your own. - This is where you can add a little bit of extra flair at the very end that you could meet - local exciting. - So anyway, - we're really excited to see what you guys do with the information that we gave you and, - um, - see where you take the data. - You know, - if you want to go dry, - you want to go fund. - You wanna go crazy, - You want to go beautiful. - You know, - whatever you want to dio just we were really interested to see what you guys do with it. - So and yeah, - yeah, - Feel free to ask us any questions. - You know that. - Make him up or you know, - any problems that you run into Or if you need to feel like you wanna run some bias, - um, - get some feedback. - You know, - um, - we're Yeah, - This is our first skill share class, - so we're not quite sure how everything works. - So if you guys want us to do anything special or anything outside of that, - you know the videos or anything, - just let us know in the discussions panel and then so that all your other all the other - students can see what your question was and how we answer it on, - um, - we're going to try to figure out how to do some sort of a chat rooms thing. - So if you guys need help, - were critique or anything like that in between the, - you know, - the project dates just, - you know, - let us know you will come, - like an informal poll or something. - I don't know. - So yeah. - So we're really excited. - And let us know if you have any questions we're gonna post up, - um, - some extra reading ideas, - anything that we see that we want you guys to read. - Well, - just posted in the discussions panel also. - Well, - looking forward to seeing what you guys deal. 2. Bringing Sketches to Life: - Hey, - guys, - Thanks for joining me for the second edition of art Information Design Class Video. - So today, - what I am going to Dio is gonna take you on a little journey of how to actually take the - data and turn it into a sketch. - And I'm gonna do a very basic sketch, - and it's not gonna be to intricate or anything, - but it will be hopefully informative for you to see how I work. - And maybe it'll inform you on how to start your project. - So just to go over it one more time, - the last side of the last video was the steps that actually the nine steps to making a - successful infographic. - So for today, - I'm I'm going to go with one through three. - So to review, - that's choose your data, - find your story, - give it a title, - set the tone, - and then lay out the data and see how that takes shape. - So for the next probably 20 minutes or so, - I'm going on and take you through that. - My first step was to take a look at the data and just see what stood out to me as being - most interesting or being fun or you know, - whatever it whatever grabbed my attention first, - So I tend to always air on the side of more fun. - You know, - some people don't like to do extremely silly things or anything like that, - but I like to bring a little fun into my work. - So what? - I chose Waas, - the 10 most intense female named Hurricanes. - I thought it would be funny to name it the craziest ladies of the Atlantic just to be a - little tongue in cheek about it. - You know, - just this is, - you know, - a class project, - So just have some fun with it. - Don't Don't worry too much about it being Teoh, - um, - to dry or anything. - Just have fun. - And I always like to do that. - You never know. - It might actually capture someone's attention more so if it's a little bit more silly or a - little bit more fun, - because those are the ones that get passed around more. - But, - you know, - whatever you decide, - mine is gonna be kind of fun. - So that's all. - Okay. - So once you have your idea down, - what you want to do is get out your map. - We sent a little email to everyone about the vector world map dot com. - It's It was really, - really great resource tohave. - It's totally free. - And I mean, - it's not the end all and be all of maps. - But, - you know, - it's a really great starting point. - If you aren't doing this professionally, - it's good toe, - not waste a ton of time creating your own map. - I mean, - it's crazy to think about actually doing all those points, - like actually plotting out the point of a map. - So this is a really good idea to just use that map for now. - And if you are the type person that wants to you hand me and map, - you know, - use this as reference or, - you know, - go crazy on it. - If it's easier for you to just create your own map, - go right ahead. - We're not stopping you. - This is almost a free for all, - not completely. - But it's almost so, - you know, - go crazy. - If you want. - I'm gonna explain what a pencil sketch. - I know that, - but that term seems a little strange because of what I'm gonna tell you next. - But I do pencil sketches in the sector, - which again is a little weird. - But that's how we do it in the actual industry. - I guess you'd call it that I'm in so you can actually send actual pencil sketches if you - want to. - But I always find that it's a little bit easier to start in Vector and then and in Vector - just for me personally. - And I know Gavin is the exact same way. - So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pull up the map now. - The doctor World map in illustrator. - Personally, - I don't want the map to be black because that's probably not telling the story that I want - to tell. - So I'm gonna change that to a nice shade of green to signify land. - And then I will worry about the background color leader like the watercolor later, - just for the sake of simplicity, - For right now, - the next thing that you'll probably want to do is figure out where the focus is going to be - on your map. - So I'm working on. - Actually, - you're working too, - with the Atlantic Ocean and with the US coastline. - So what I did was I scaled the map outwards to that it would be larger on my art board that - little black frame like the the frame inside the illustrator file that's called art Board - by the um So I scaled it so that it would fit within the art board, - like roughly where I wanted to sit, - you know? - So I want the focus to be the Atlantic Ocean, - of course, - and I'm probably going to need a little bit of Africa in there because hurricanes usually - start off the coast of Africa. - And then I definitely wanted to have the Gulf of Mexico in there and upward towards me. - And sometimes, - you know, - since I don't have the data down yet, - sometimes hurricanes go off up to lay Greenland. - So you know, - I I know it wasn't going to go that far, - so I just kind of left Greenland other. - You know, - whatever. - It's always, - you know, - you can always change it later, - but it's it's good to get your primary focus right in front of you starting out, - because if you have too much space, - you might get a little overwhelmed. - This just helps toe narrow down your field of vision of it the next step that I always do, - because I do not like the way on the lakes look inside of the continents, - so I always take out the lakes personally. - I mean, - you don't have to, - but I I think they're pretty superfluous. - They don't make a difference in the context of the story. - And I never agree with putting extra information on a map or an infographic because it gets - too muddled. - Then sometimes. - So I discovered of those. - It's actually pretty easy, - if you just well, - with the Vector World map file, - I believe you just have to, - um, - click on some of those little lakes and then you can delete them. - Or you might have to UN group a couple things first. - But then it's It's pretty easy, - just like delete con Mass if you need to. - So then the next thing that I want to do and I want to make sure that I keep track of is I - want to look at the data that I'm actually going to be using for this map. - So since I picked the most intense ladies of the Atlantic Ocean, - I needed to look at this page, - which is page 13 of that huge Pdf that the n o w a. - Put out that I put up on skill share. - So I'm looking for specifically women's names and the rank. - This is my highlighting job that I did that I told you all to do for your data. - And it really helps. - Like if you skip this step, - you are going to get so confused cause they're so much in terms of numbers, - and you might just completely take the wrong number from the wrong section or something if - you don't highlight and make sure you're really focusing. - So I did this highlighting, - and now I have my data to start from, - which is pretty exciting. - Okay, - so then on the next page in that pdf, - there was actually all of those intense hurricanes. - They were all mapped for me, - which is amazing, - because that never happens when you're working professionally. - Never, - ever happens, - So that's pretty cool. - So what I'm gonna do is take this map and combine it with the data set from the page. - Before I actually did that photo shop. - It's extremely easy to do it, - you know, - an illustrator, - or you might even be able to skip this step. - But personally, - I need to visualize it physically. - Toe, - actually, - um translated on to the next step, - so I mean, - you'll see the next step. - It gets a little weird eventually, - but well, - I'll work through it. - So, - um, - I just took the names of the Hurricanes and made sure that the points that were listed like - the numbers were correct. - And some of them were a little weird. - And there were some double double numbers like the rankings were double. - Sometimes, - like if you go back and you see like Donna and Florida, - um, - Hurricane, - those were both number eight in rank. - And then, - um, - Gloria and Opel are the same rank, - so they're both 22 sewer Audrey and Celia. - So it does get a little confusing. - So you just have to make sure plotting correctly, - you have to make sure you're looking at the right information, - and then, - you know, - from there you can move on. - But it's There's a reason why people do is professionally, - because it it's tedious. - Sometimes it's not all just fun and games. - It's it's a little overwhelming a little bit, - but once you get past the certain points, - it it gets easier. - So next. - What I did was, - I brought in that last map into illustrator so that I could start to create lines and copy - over the lines onto my final man. - So what I did was I just traced the actual lines from each of the hurricanes that I'm gonna - be using. - And then, - um, - we'll show you what to do next. - Basically, - this part is a sketch. - So, - you know, - accuracy is not completely 100% important right at this moment, - but it will be so. - It's probably better to make sure you're being as accurate as you possibly can be at this - points that you don't have to go crazy at the end when you're, - you know, - starting to style ISAT and trying to make it cool, - because that might be a little bit more difficult. - But for the sake of this project, - you know, - just try to keep it as accurate as possible. - But if it's not perfect, - you know, - I wouldn't be too overwhelmed by making amazingly perfect map. - Just focus on getting information down and visualizing it. - So that's what I'm doing for right now. - This is pretty accurate, - but it's, - you know, - again. - As you can see, - it's a little weird, - but um, - we'll try to fix that leader going forward next. - I just deleted the bottom map. - And so here I have all victors and starting to look a little bit more like an infographic, - just slightly. - So next I took all the names of the Hurricanes, - all old my ladies, - that I plotted them on map next to their their trajectories so they don't quite fit - completely. - And I'm starting to see that. - Okay, - well, - those air really small, - those lines A really small. - So Okay, - so what do I want to do with that? - That's it's a little boring. - It's That's not what a hurricane directory looks like. - So what's going on? - Okay, - well, - now we have to think about where the possibilities of going forward to make this a little - bit more interesting, - more accurate, - cooler, - everything, - you know. - So what I came up with was the idea of creating the entire half of each of those hurricanes - to see how long they were. - And of course, - um, - you know, - it's about how intense they were, - but I wanted to show is that it doesn't necessarily have to go from the West coast of - Africa all the way up to, - you know, - Michigan for it to be the most intense. - And so we'll see. - And the next page. - So here we have, - um, - the process after it's already begin, - and I started plotting out all of the paths of the hurricanes that I could find. - So this one that I'm highlighting here is Opal, - Hurricane Opal, - and that's the white line. - So again, - as you can see the maps to not completely lineup. - But what was most important to me was that Louisiana and Long Island, - like the New York State Tri State area, - lined up pretty well. - So it's a It's a pretty good rule of some, - I think, - you know, - and I also used the path from the earlier camps to guide where the line should actually - fall. - The final line should fall because that was from the N Ow before, - So I want to keep it as accurate as possible, - and I want to keep it there specifications as much as I possibly can. - So this line follows exactly where that earlier line waas so I just had Teoh manipulate the - map a little bit so that I could get it perfect. - So that's what I'm talking about what I'm when I mean, - like, - don't worry about it being 100% accurate. - I mean, - using this with of stroke, - this is about I think this is a three point with stroke with it. - That's probably, - like 300 miles in reference the map on either side. - So, - you know, - if we're gonna be super accurate and perfect and amazing, - it's it would have to be like a 0.25 stroke. - It would have to be like the thinness line ever. - It would have to be very specific. - So and that's what that processing program is for stuff like that for, - like those super accurate and perfect things. - You know these air, - You know, - when you're doing things by hand, - you know, - there's there's ah, - there's some wiggle room there Not too much, - but a little bit just a little bit. - Here are all of the hurricanes there really crazy looking and, - um, - one actually also extends off the page and too much of Africa showing too much of Spain, - Ireland in there. - So you know what? - We don't actually need all that stuff, - so But we do need to show the end of Celia, - That one that goes off into the new Mexico over there. - So next step would be to reposition the entire map so that actually you can actually see - all of the information. - And it's framed well, - and we can, - you know, - get a better feel for it. - I mean, - this could also be adjusted to, - you know, - we don't need that much of South America, - and we probably want a little bit more on top, - like Canada and just for a title, - like for the place, - a title in there and stuff. - So, - you know, - this just will probably be adjusted later on, - but again, - it's just a sketch. - So we're just trying to figure out how best to move forward at this point. - So this is my final peace of the puzzle. - For right now, - this is completing step three. - Um, - laying out your data. - So this is my These are my girls thes air. - Um, - all ranked. - The 1st 1 was Camille. - So she is bright red. - And the last one is Celia. - So I chose to go with color for now, - again as a sketch, - just to better visualize things for myself going forward, - you know, - a sketch is really for you to understand where you're going with this stuff, - and it's also for your client to or your boss or whoever. - You're doing this for, - um, - to just understand the shape of things to come. - And so this, - of course, - like the typeface could be changed the color of the map commie change or could be a - background. - It's, - I mean, - it will have background. - It will be a lot cooler when it's done. - But this is just getting started and making sure that the points are where they're supposed - to be and making sure data is correct. - And that's really all it is. - So don't worry about stylistic things yet. - Start thinking about it, - of course, - but don't fret over it just yet. - So I hope this helped you guys get started. - And if you have any questions at all, - please let me know. - Please, - like Gavin, - No, - both of us, - and we will respond as soon as possible. - We do work during the day, - so apologies if we can't get back to you within minutes of asking questions. - But we really appreciate, - um, - everyone answering each other's questions. - Two cassettes. - I mean, - we can't get to everything in an instant, - but we really appreciate everyone helping each other out. - That's really great. - And that's what skill shares all about, - which is really cool. - So I'm really excited to see what you guys do with this on and, - well, - thanks for watching. 3. Start to Finish Process with Gavin: - I'm gonna be taking you through the process of creating a map Infographic today. - I actually just had the opportunity to work with a client on a map info graphic. - And so I thought that would be the perfect one to focus on. - Um, - I'm gonna walk you guys through my entire process for creating that infographic. - So when the client first approached me, - they had a story on deep sea exploration. - They had, - ah, - a set of data showing all of the mission's over the past 11 years or so and broken down by - year and by body of water. - So they kind of wanted to show with this infographic how un explored the sea is like they - had just published an article on space exploration, - and so they wanted Teoh Compare this. - You know, - the two articles showing how we're explains based we more than we're exploring our seas. - So when I first saw this data, - obviously thought it made sense to you have a map because that would be the easiest way to - convey which sees have been explored, - the most in which have been not explored as much. - So I think, - to paint the clearest picture we want total these numbers up for each body of water. - I think it's gonna be really impactful to be able to see which specifically which bodies of - water have had the most expeditions and which have had the least in the past 11 years. - So I think the best way to effectively do that is to have a singular visualization for each - of the bodies of water, - you know. - So the Gulf of Mexico as 36 expeditions, - we would have one big circle to represent the 36 South Atlantic only two. - So a smaller circle to represent the to the important thing is to build that hierarchy. - And obviously the most important thing is to show which areas have been explored the most. - So keeping it simple, - you know, - just some simple circles for each body of water. - I think that's the most effective way to communicate. - You know clearly what we want to show, - you know. - Still, - it's it's really interesting to see the yearly breakdown, - so maybe we'll keep that in mind for later. - Maybe it's something we can sneak in a zoo, - a kind of a second layer of information, - But first, - let's get visualizing our most important set of information. - The bodies of water. - I got the map on the page and then I added the title. - You know, - one of the first steps just tryingto get started and figure out where the title should go. - Obviously with title to be really visible, - you know, - at first sight. - So that was really important. - Um, - next I'm gonna be again, - kind of like plotting out the data and and kind of trying to find that proper - representation. - We want the biggest circles to be really big and impactful, - and then the the less explored circles to still be visible at first sight. - So I believe the Gulf of Mexico has 36 total missions since 2001. - So we'll keep that will write that number down. - But that there and in the least is the South Atlantic Ocean with two. - So that's kind of our range. - Next, - You know, - we want to try to find that sizing so that we can really convey this information. - So I'm gonna create a circle here, - and I'm just gonna dio let's do 360 pixels by 160 pixels. - That's really big. - So let's size it down. - You know, - um, - when I first looked at it, - I said that they were actually a lot of circles over here, - kind of on the East Coast. - So I'm just gonna be careful not to make too big. - Maybe this one will be about that science. - Now, - I'm thinking, - you know, - cool idea. - Could be if if the more explode sport sees were like a brighter color, - you know, - was it the water is being lit up by, - you know, - the amount of missions that were taking place there. - So I'm gonna do just that yellow dollar for that next bright yellow. - Maybe we'll change that later. - But that's a good starting point. - Then on the other side, - um, - you know, - just creating that over there for right now. - Maybe Maybe that sets in. - I says small enough. - And it a lot for a nice amount of sizes in between. - So, - you know, - it's less explored, - so maybe we'll make it a darker purple. - Okay, - so the next and here is like, - a little trick. - Um, - since this is like a pretty small set of numbers and, - uh, - you know, - like we have 36 to 2 and then all of the other numbers fall between. - So here's a little trick to kind of blend. - Blend these two together to create a lot like a nice Grady anted range circles between the - two, - you know, - the smallest one and the largest one. - So I'm gonna use this trick in Illustrator. - It's called the Blend Tool, - and it's gonna create a nice even set of circles between them. - It's gonna actually blend the colors to gonna make a nice creedy in. - You want to go toe up to object, - then you want to go to blend and blend options. - And so we have 34 steps between, - But then we actually have, - you know, - two already visualized. - So we're actually gonna do 32? - Um, - it's gonna make 32 circles between these two. - So after we have these selected, - um, - gonna select them and hit command Option B. - And then that's also you know, - if you go upto object blend, - then make, - um, - so it's gonna make. - And I said of evenly sized circles between those two and then you want to expand those you - know? - So you get the while the individual ones between. - So you know I've kind of begun. - Then begin to lay out the information, - the type on top, - you know, - and you'll notice that I'm gonna switch up the colors. - Um, - I think these colors are a little nicer, - and they kind of provided nicer ingredient. - You know, - it gets gets darker as you go down. - Um, - we've got all the numbers on there. - You can still see that tube, - and the 36 really stands out. - So I'm actually only gonna add couple of the titles of the bodies of water. - You know, - geographically speaking, - it's pretty obvious, - you know, - these will be positioned in their location, - so we probably don't need the title for each one. - It's the next you'll see. - I've switched up the colors a little bit. - I'm thinking maybe to, - you know, - we've got the really bright color lighting up the ocean are the bodies of water for the - bigger points, - the darker ones for the lesser point, - you know, - the smaller points. - So I'm thinking maybe it will do a dark sea so can really light up the area. - I've added the title. - I've actually stylized it a little bit. - You'll see some waves in there it's kind of convey a little message. - Next, - we're gonna start plotting out the circles. - We've already had them all, - So let's just put him in their locations and kind of see how they look. - It looks like they're all you know. - It's not too cluttered. - It's really communicating a clear message over here. - There's a nice, - very instance izing. - You know, - we can really We can still see the smallest one. - The biggest one really stands out, - so it looks good, - you know? - And it looks like we might still have enough room for the yearly breakdowns if we want to - use those and it could be a nice added layer of of information. - But next, - you know, - I'm thinking that, - like, - there's a lot of empty space over here. - The client had actually provided me with some other information to include in here like the - total number of explorations, - which gives the map a little bit of context, - cause you might not know what these numbers mean. - So I'm just gonna quickly police that data in there. - So there's been 100 82 total expeditions since 2001 so that, - you know, - gives all these numbers context. - Next. - You know, - I'm thinking the circles aren't very fun, - you know, - they're not very visual. - They don't give a whole lot of evidence. - Is that what this is all about? - You know, - aside from reading the title, - so maybe there is some opportunity for illustration. - There might be some opportunity for illustration. - The client had actually provided me with some other bits of information, - um, - to give me some specific missions. - And I thought it might be cool to place a little illustration in the exact spot of those - missions. - So I'm gonna make some little boats and place them up there, - place them in their spots. - So there were five, - and that kind of fills in some empty areas, - and, - you know, - there's a nice visual weaken. - Men begin to see, - you know, - a little bit more. - I created this little rope going down into the water to signify maybe there is something - going on down there, - um, - that I'm gonna place in that information, - you know, - uh, - because we don't know what those boats mean without without the text. - So the boats help a little bit, - but I'm thinking, - you know, - there's still some empty space on the right, - and we don't really get that true deep under the water feeling. - So the client had actually provided me with a couple other data points, - just generally speaking about deep sea exploration and calling out how 95% of the ocean - remains unexplored and how the deepest point is in the ocean is 35,840 feet. - So I thought it might be nice to have this scale. - You know, - it kind of gives evidence that we're going down under the water and we can call out kind of - these specific a little pieces of data. - So now we still have the yearly breakdown data that we, - I think should include. - You know, - it's nice. - It's gonna be a nice added level of information, - and I think it's it's pretty important, - Um, - and, - you know, - I think it would be a nice, - that nice added layer that makes you want to look closer at the infographic to really see - you know which places have been explored more on. - You know what time or when they were being explored more. - Um, - so I'm gonna go ahead and include that and this. - You know, - this is kind of like a a difficult part because you have to find the room for it, - and you have to find the the method. - You know, - representing the data now had already used, - like, - a black line with black text. - So obviously I want a different, - you know, - sort of a different visual language for for this yearly breakdown information. - So I'm gonna use white text. - Why take stands out a little bit more to you than the black, - and you're gonna keep the circles going and, - um, - maintaining the same color. - So, - you know, - the gulf is still yellow yellow circles, - and we can kind of clearly see what years. - Um, - we've got admissions. - Um, - so it's pretty full left now, - and I think we're in pretty good shape to kind of take this to the very finish. - So I'm gonna go ahead and add in these waves. - Just give it a little bit more of, - like a water feeling and, - you know, - to kind of fill in the space a little bit more next. - I just want to go ahead and a little bit of shading, - you know, - like the bottom corner over here was a little bit empty and the upper right corner was, - you know, - it's a very there's been no explosion going on over there. - So we're just gonna dark in those areas up, - continuing the theme of like areas that export more are brighter, - less starker. - Then give credit. - You know, - where is your source? - Where is the information coming from? - And usually you give yourself credit. - I think that's important, - but in this case, - it was fair client. - And don't always get that luxury. - Um, - just add a little bit of texture and you don't have to, - but I like to you and that's it. - That's pretty much the whole infographic from start to finish. - Next, - I want to kind of give a little demo on how toe accurately proportion your data When you - win, - visualizing it. - Sometimes you'll get some crazy numbers like you're the like. - You'll have to visualize $400 million compared to 100 million compared to 225 minutes. - And you might think, - well, - you know it makes sense, - you know, - 100 million. - Why not represent that with 100 pixels? - 3 to 25 million stranger, - 25 pixels, - you know, - using the scaling trick and the truth is, - is that that's not really that accurate. - Like if we have $100 million represented in that circle and we want to see you know, - if really 44 of these is represented accurately in 400 million, - that's that's not really true. - You know, - we could probably 8 to 10 of these $100 million circles inside that large 400 million. - I mean, - it's it's nice and impactful. - You can clearly see that there are. - You know, - there's a dramatic difference between the numbers, - but it's not accurate. - And we want accuracy. - Um, - so the correct formula to find out these numbers is first of all, - to find out how much bigger that you know, - bigger circle is. - The bigger number is the smaller one. - So in this case for 100 million is four times bigger than 100 million, - and we want to increase the length of the graphic of the $100 million circle by the square - root of X, - which is exes work because it's four times larger, - so the square root of four is too. - Therefore, - we want to increase the size of this graphic times two, - which makes it 200 pixels. - And realistically, - you know, - we probably could fit four of these circles in there. - You know, - um, - there's a little bit of space there, - so it's actually pretty accurate. - And then for this other one, - we have 25 million, - which is three, - three and 1/4 times larger. - This greater that IHS 1.8028 So, - in the end, - it should look like this as opposed to the other way. - You know, - this is a way more accurate representation, - and you can kind of see, - So that's 200 pixels. - And that's 180 pixels, - which is, - you know, - we increase the length of this one by 1.8 times, - so that's kind of just a little demo. - You know, - if you're using circles to represent your data, - you want to make sure you do it in the most accurate way. - And so you always use this formula when doing that. - All right, - Thanks, - guys. - And let us know if you have any questions. - Were really looking forward to see how your project will turn out