References

Dafont. (2005). Blazed. Retrieved June 10, 2015 from http://www.dafont.com/blazed.font

The images I used were from Flickr but for some reason when I downloaded and dropped them into my image they wouldn’t work so had to take pictures of them and send to myself

Flickr.com

Comments

To: amymamawoo.wordpress.com

Your final image looks awesome! I love how you’ve used humour in it and used language that relates to the target audience. The colours also go well together and the idea of having different floors in the house makes it easy to follow .

To: ashleighilton.wordpress.com

Your final images look so good! The background colour literally looks like pink lemonade and the font style fits perfectly with the style of the images and the overall theme. The layout is really effective and I like the way the buzzy bee trail creates a frame.

To: ashleighilton.wordpress.com

You’ve got some very good ideas that will definitely be effective visually. It’s good that you’re looking at several different ways of layout I definitely think that making it look like a classic recipe will be very effective in communicating your idea.

To: rasmikasukha.wordpress.com

Such a cool image! I love the colour themes used in you image, the red symbolises heat and the brown symbolises chocolate which communicates you idea effectively. The black background gives the idea of winter and makes the other colours stand out which draws attention to the hot chocolate.

To: tylerbradyvisualcomm.wordpress.com

The colour theme is really effective visually, it represents New Zealand well but also communicates ideas of freedom escape and travel. The road trip essential list is a really good idea as it gives the image more of a fun feel, overall looking really good!

Summary

The intended communication objective of my image is how to make a back-draft drink and to show how it is fun and is simple to do but looks really amazing. I’ve used colours of orange/yellow to represent the fire involved and also the excitement and happiness of the activity as these colours are known to bring those feelings. I’ve used a “road map” style of layout because it is easy to follow and doesn’t complicate the process.  I have used typography, semiotics, colours, layout, and rule of thirds in my image which I have learnt in class. The symbols of each image have their own meaning which with text help to create the intended message. I’ve used rule thirds because the image is split into 3 sections, I’ve used typography in that the text style fits with the images and the overall style and theme of the image. I haven’t used many colours in the actual item images or in the background because my infographic image is very detailed and so with having more colours it would distract the viewer from paying attention and reading through the image. All of the image outline and shapes created in my image show what I have learnt in class as I am new to the program Adobe Ilustrator. The cartoon feel to my image shows that the drink is fun to make and consume and when made it looks spectacular and my title gives this idea. The block arrows help the viewer to easily follow the steps of the process. If I were to change anything it would be the quality of the image because somehow the quality changed when I saved it as a JPEG and I’m unsure why, I would also change the colour of the lighter because although it is grey, it is dark enough to be mistaken for an arrow. I also forgot to mention shaking the cups when put together but the lines around them show the idea of shaking. I also don’t like the amount of text on my image but this was hard to cut down as the process is quite a detailed one. The image shows what I have learnt in class because although it is a detailed process, I have made it as basic as possible to that the viewer can easily read and understand the process. Overall the image communicates the objective I have for it which is that making a back-draft isn’t as hard as it looks and is a fun and exciting activity. 

WIP two

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This is a really rough draft of how I want my infographic image to look like but I still need to add text for each step and try and make the process look more basic but still visually effective. I also might need to add more steps into it so that it makes more sense to the viewer and I’m not sure about the arrow under the word “back” but I like how it relates to the word back while also drawing the viewers attention to the first step of the process.

Research Post 5 – Layout

In infographic images an important element that needs to be used well to communicate messages effectively is layout. An article I found that helped explain, analyse and show the importance of layout it his one:

http://piktochart.com/layout-cheat-sheet-making-the-best-out-of-visual-arrangement/

The article talks about whitespace and by this it means the space where there is not detail or just the background of the inforgraphic image. There needs to be a balance of whitespace for the image to look effective and the messages in it to be communicated effectively. The article also has an inforgraphic layout “cheat sheet” which shows different ways to layout inforgraphic images so they make sense visually. The two layouts that would be good as guides for my inforgraphic image are the “road map” and “timeline” layouts. The “road map” layout is good for story lines and my idea is a story line in a way as it a step by step process. The “timeline” layout is similar to this in that it shows the journey which would be effective for my infographic image as the making of the drink is a journey.

Research Post 4 – Typography

Typography is one of the most important things for infographics. Because text is used quite a bit in infographics that text needs to be a certain style, size and font in order to communicate the intended messages visually. An article I found that helped me better understand the importance of typography and how it can be used to communicate different messages is this one:

https://www.bopdesign.com/bop-blog/2013/07/what-is-typography/

The article discusses how typography conveys feeling and this can be shown by typing the same text with different fonts, the style can impact how we feel about the text. Typography can also effect whether we as viewers want to read the text or not, if the text is too close together, busy, or too informal we tend to not continue reading. Consistency and alignment are two elements which are also important with typography, text must be consistent in order for it to look balanced and make sense and it must align for these reasons too. Typography is important for my infographic image as there is a lot of information and messages that are being communicated and so it is important to get the viewers attention and keep them interested.