Transformation: Infographic to Website

So the goal here is to turn my finished infographic into a website with 3-4 internal functional links, external links to information, etc. It needs to be created in photoshop, migrated to dreamweaver and be based on a grid system. Architectural system is due Wednesday.

I’m doing research here based on other people’s well-designed websites for inspiration.


Pound and Grain
(Found here: 25 well designed websites)



(found here:
41 colorful & well designed websites)


lost world’s fairs
(found here: 41 colorful & well designed websites)

More forthcoming.

Drunk Driving (How can the dismal statistics be improved?)

An Infographic for Design Media, 2013

Drunk Driving Infographic

I’ve been working on this for weeks, but I finally needed to start getting stuff organized since I have so much information spread out all over the place and I’m going to need to be citing sources, etc.

I started my research with a basic question: “How can deaths from drunk driving be prevented?”

Fortunately, a research topic on this had already been done by the CDC and I was able to pull their fact sheet here which detailed a lot of what I was going to need for my infographic. They also cite all of their sources, so instead of citing them I’ll be citing their original sources, since that’s more reliable.

I’ve worked with a couple of layouts and I don’t know if I want to use table charts or pie charts. people seem to be able to pull more information more quickly from pie charts so I’ll probably go with that. I have my grid structure set up and a few ideas for different color palettes but I’ve been playing with them and I’m still not decided between these three:



infracolor



ice world



mirrors

The first is the most dramatic, but I’m leaning more toward the last one. It’s subdued and kind and it’s a sensitive subject and I don’t want people to be driven away by the colors. I want them to feel affected and empowered but also sobered (no pun intended) and blue is a calming color but also tends to invoke sadness sometimes. The yellow blends in as a nice background color avoiding white and doesn’t clash with the blue and will also provide subtle highlights. I might bring in another color for emphasis from one of the other two palettes if I settle on the third one. I’m not sure yet.

I found a great quote, even though it’s probably out of context, it’s still witty and adds some levity to a grave situation:

  • >>”I never worry about being driven to drink, I only worry about being driven home” – W.C. Fields

I have a lot of information here and a lot of little pictograms to organize and I need to get back to work, I just wanted to start cataloging sources.

I really want to make a pie chart comparing some things but I’m having a hard time coming up with related statistics that could go well in a pie chart so if anyone has anything (Please include a source for the statistic) that’s from 2010 or more recent, please leave a comment so I can include it. I want a big pie chart in the middle of the graphic and I have the perfect place for it. Thanks for reading!

>>>”Sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes
>>>>A systematic review conducted by CDC researchers on behalf of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services concluded that sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes. Sobriety checkpoints are traffic stops where law enforcement officers systematically select drivers to assess their level of alcohol impairment. The goal of sobriety checkpoints is to deter alcohol-impaired driving by increasing drivers’ perceived risk of arrest. Results indicated that sobriety checkpoints consistently reduced alcohol-related crashes, typically by about 20 percent. The results were similar regardless of how the checkpoints were conducted, for short-term “blitzes,” or when checkpoints were used continuously for several years. This suggests that the effectiveness of checkpoints does not diminish over time.

Related Articles
Guide to Community Preventive Services. Reducing alcohol-impaired driving: sobriety checkpoints. [cited 2009 Nov 3]. Available at URL: http://www.thecommunityguide.org/mvoi/AID/sobrietyckpts.html
Elder RW, Shults RA, Sleet DA, Nichols JL, Zaza S, Thompson RS. Effectiveness of sobriety checkpoints for reducing alcohol-involved crashes. Traffic Injury Prevention 2002;3:266-74.

vital signs with images

Madd.org statistics

Jack and Jill went up the hill and broke his crown

This is the final version that was turned in, mounted on black board. There are some changes that need to be made, primarily that the bottom of the hill needs to be stretched down into the foreground and cropped so it’s not just floating above the bottom of the square. Some text needs to be moved around and the instructor would like more depth. I got a B but I can make changes to bump it up to an A. I’ll get around to that eventually.

Bernhard

Although I haven’t posted my finished work for Jack & Jill & Fool on the Hill (it’s forthcoming), I need to continue to move forward. My current work is a news headline in the style of Lucian Bernhard.

Via Wikipedia, I learned that Bernhard was a “German graphic designer…through the first half of the 20th century…”

He was influential in helping create the design style known as Plakatstil (Poster Style), which used reductive imagery and flat-color as well as Sachplakat (‘object poster’) which restricted the image to simply the object being advertised and the brand name. He was also known for his designs for Stiller shoes, Manoli cigarettes, and Priester matches.

Here, an example of his work for Manoli (in 1910-11):

And here, an example of his work for Stiller shoes (in 1908):

Wikipedia lists several typfaces that will be invaluable to me in the process of emulating Bernhard’s work.

Typeface will be executed in illustrator, while imagery will be arranged in photoshop. Ideally, I’d like to be able to vector the primary image that I choose to use in the poster in illustrator, as Bernhard’s style lends well to that, but we’ll see how it goes. My skills in Illustrator are sorely lacking.

The piece must contain a headline from a newspaper (current event) and then, of course, imagery to match, but all must be rendered in Bernhard’s style.

I believe the headline I am going to use is one from the Denver Post from a few weeks ago: Gun debate locked and loaded. Witty headline writer is at it again. I really enjoy the punnery in the headline and it lends well to a single graphical image.

More examples of Bernhard’s work:


1913


A World War I German propaganda poster urging the sale of war bonds in the Plakastil style pioneered by Lucian Bernhard.


Lucian Bernhard, Priester Matches, 1909 by kitchener.lord on Flickr

The Priester Match poster is a watershed document of modern graphic design, or rather, proto-Modern design. Its composition is so stark and its colors so startling that it captures the viewer’s eye in an instant. Before 1906, when the poster first appeared on the streets of Berlin, persuasive simplicity was a rare thing in most advertising: posters, especially, tended to be wordy and ornate. No one had yet heard of its young creator, who, thanks to this poster, was to influence the genre of advertising known as the Sachplakat, or object poster.

Hail Bernhard the Magnificent

To be continued.

Will Blucifer’s 5th birthday be last at DIA?

Nuggets: Waiting for Superman

Booked up

Gun Debate Locked, Loaded

Mars Rover Drills Deep

Climbing price of fuel won’t shift into reverse soon

Northeast digs out after blizzard

Love your heart

Treating Addiction

Jack & Jill and The Fool On The Hill: Thumbnails (first)

Jack fell down
and broke his crown
But nobody wants to know him
Day after day, alone on the hill
and he never gives an answer

This is a rough idea of what might be able to be done with the provided dingbats for the first of the six narratives. Thumbnails will be made for all six, and probably posted here. A lot more work will be done in illustrator on the final one, including manipulating and dissecting the dingbats in much more detail than was done here, of course, but this is just a rough idea.

Jack and Jill and the Fool on the Hill (part 2)

So it turns out that I wasn’t completely clear on the assignment. We were not expected to make only one narrative out of the given lines from “Jack & Jill” and “Fool on the Hill”. Rather, we were meant to do six narratives with accompanying thumbnails, then one will be selected for a final to be presented – printed and matted.

The images will be contained in 6 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares on a black 15″ x 20″ board with 1.25″ horizontal gutters, a 1.5″ vertical gutter and 2.25″ vertical margins and 2″ horizontal margins.

Images will be made using provided dingbats file images.

Here are the six rewrites:

Jack fell down
and broke his crown
they can see he’s just a fool
but nobody wants to know him
day after day, alone on the hill
and he never gives an answer

Jack & Jill
went up the hill
but the fool on the hill
they can see he’s just a fool
but nobody wants to know him
and he never gives an answer

To fetch a pail of water
the man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
and broke his crown
day after day, alone on the hill
they can see that he’s just a fool
and he never gives an answer (((or: but nobody wants to know him)))

Jack & Jill
went up the hill
day after day, alone on the hill
the man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
and he never gives an answer
they can see his just a fool

Day after day, alone on the hill
they can see that he’s just fool
but nobody wants to know him
Jack & Jill
went up the hill
and broke his crown

Jack fell down
they can see that he’s just a fool
day after day, alone on the hill
the man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
and he never gives an answer
but nobody wants to know him
(((alternatively swap the last two lines)))