Pregnancy Facts: Info Graphic

 

 

The Project:

Being in my third trimester of my very first pregnancy, I have done a lot of research about this 9-month process. After all this research, I wanted to create an easy to read, visual representation of the new facts I have learned. I chose facts that I wondered about early on in my pregnancy: symptoms of pregnancy, the size of my baby, etc.

 

Process:

Sketching:

As usual, the first step of my process was sketching out my ideas. I started with drawing out some possible layouts that would help draw the viewers eye through my information. I tried different placement using leading lines from my shapes but ended up also using an actual line that ran through my graphic. Then I began sketching out specific parts of my graphic, such as the fruit, possible graphs, etc.

brittanybostrom-sketches       

 

Drafting:

After sketching, the hardest part was arranging my information and visuals. It was very important to make sure there was a clear flow through each section so the viewer would continue reading. At first, I had a landscape version but after some feedback, I decided to change to a portrait layout. For each section, I made sure there was a visual element to represent the fact presented. Each visual was created by me, from scratch, in Adobe Illustrator except for the world map (I got that as a free vector from pixabay.com). Making sure each section could stand alone and still make sense was very important.

1st draft:

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2nd draft:

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Draft Switch Up:

After being frustrated that my infographic wasn’t looking as professional as I wanted, I decided to switch everything up. I kept the same basic vector illustrations but changed all the coloring and style. I cut out some of the facts to add in photographic elements. This made my infographic much more interesting.

Photography:

Using a tripod I took a few self-portraits to use for my infographic. I wanted them to be very simple and well lit. A window was my main light source; I stood in front of the window and took silhouette shots of myself using a timer on my camera. After choosing the best photos, I cut out my body (using Photoshop), adjusted the colors so they matched my design, then placed them in my Illustrator document.

     

 

More Drafting:

After adding those photos into my project I drafted some more. After feedback, I changed the placement and shape of the leading line as well as some of the colors and sizing. I changed a few details on the fruit vectors, finished the line, added my graph into the belly on the bottom and added my logo and sources. I have learned that the best way to get an outstanding finished product is to draft for days. Luckily I already had most my pieces finished so I just had to find a way to organize it all and decide on my final color scheme.

          

Final Product:

The finishing touches included checking the alignment of each element separately and then as a whole, changing the colors of some of the elements to clarify hierarchy, and adjusting my graph. I took my color scheme from my first image and then changed the saturation and darkness to select the rest of my colors. I had a few pops of orange but other than that I had fairly neutral color pallet. I chose a monotone and somewhat dark color scheme because pregnancy is long and hard. There are exciting and good parts but overall it is a difficult process until the baby finally arrives.

 

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