A while back I was asked to do my first poster that ‘creatively represents information/data’, aka data visualization. First step, look for some inspiration online. I then discovered the world of info graphics. I had seen many infographics before but never really thought about the time and effort it must have took. I was immediately intrigued as I found some beautiful designs.
Infographics use a lot of different design principals but also require a lot of planning and problem solving. Creating infographics naturally later became one of my favorite types of projects at work, especially more complex ones with simple design themes. One of the first infographics I did was an isometric map for evacuation positions (image right). More recently I decided to make an actor/movie map using the rail system style. I decided to make the movies the ‘rail lines’ and the actors would be the ‘stations’. I wanted to do a really symmetric map using lines at only 45 degree angle increments. This would allow for a clean look even with all the information or at least that was the idea. I started off with a few movies and a few actors but as I added films to make the map more involved I ended up having to add more actors just so things could connect well. I didn’t want any film to have only one actor nor any actor only one film.
I aligned the ‘stations’ to a grid first to make sure the ‘rail lines’ would connect properly. First I created a large grid that I could use to align everything. Another complication came when I decided it looked best to have a station’s dots be adjacent (not stretched out over blank space or caddy-corner to one other). After lots of planning and even more trial and error I created the following image. I haven’t taken the time to make it more graphically pleasing but the organized-information is there.