Pregnancy Facts: Info Graphic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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