Project: Create an infographic to highlight statistical, timeline, process, or geographical-based information.
Goal: To show your audience “what they should look for among the clutter of detail” (Root-Bernstein, 1999, p. 89)
This was by far my favorite project! Below you will see my workflow and thought process on how I narrowed down my audience and abstracted the information into one concise piece of art.
- Started out with a lot of thoughts for an infographic, I initially wanted my audience to be special education teachers.
- Tech in SPED-using tech to track data of IEP goals
- How to write a robust goal (SMART Goals)
- IEP Process- IEP timeline
- IEP data tracking & goal tracking
- How to add tech to content
- Classroom Management
- Social Skills (for students)
- Visual Schedules
- After crossing a few off on my own I took four ideas to my professor and she asked that I write out what I would place on each of them. The How? The Why? The What? of each one. I did this for IEP process, data tracking, measurable goals, visual schedule & IEP process.
- This morphed into a 5th one, The Transition plan.
- In class we were able to do some peer mentoring,by the end of which I had narrowed my idea down to one: the IEP process.
- My audience had also changed from special education teachers to general ed teacher and parents.
- It was now time to gather information. What was the process in California? I also decided that I really wanted to include the time that each section had to be completed and the people involved in each step.
- Now came time for sketching. What did I want my infographic to look like? I watched several videos in a Couresa class about infographic design, went to Pinterest and looked up some designs and took several designs that I liked and mashed them together to create 4 drastically different designs.
- After taking the designs to another professor I had, ideating about each design and taking a look at my skills in Adobe Illustrator, of which I had none at the time, I decided to go with one that I knew I would be successful at completing and not get too frustrated.
YouTube was my best friend in working with Illustrator and the amount of time that I put in learning and ‘storyboarding’ or planning my infographic really showed. I wanted a clean look with gender neutral colors that complemented each other. I believe that my infographic turned out exactly how I envisioned. It took a lot of revisions and struggling through the process of learning how to create a good infographic AND how to use Adobe Illustrator. Sansing_infographic