Join Shane Snow for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the project for this course, part of Infographics: Planning and Wireframing.
We've just looked at a few examples of different types of infographics, and the high level considerations that went into their layout planning. Now I want to show you the infographic that we're going to use for the rest of this lesson, as we walk through, step by step, how to go through the planning and wireframing process from start to finish. This infographic is about nonprofit donations, and the goal of the graphic was specifically to show how people who donate online compare with those who donate by mail. From top to bottom, you can see this infographic has a long vertical layout, and a nice flow that starts with the airplanes flying across the screen, and descends into little parachutes falling to earth.
As with other infographics we've looked at already, because this is a vertical layout, and because we will be illustrating several sets of data together in one infographic, this layout is set up with multiple horizontal sections. Let's zoom in and take a closer look. The airplane and cloud theme were all nice illustrative touches that make this graphic come alive, but if you take them away, what we have is a series of charts. Before drawing an infographic like this, you've got to first come up with the data, and find the stories you want to tell within that data, and then you've got to lay out a wireframe.
Throughout the rest of the course, we'll get more into how all this is done, but first, let's take a look at the wireframe for this infographic. As you can see, it's really just a bunch of boxes roughly positioned where we want our different sections to go. The nice thing about wireframes is it's a lot easier to move and manipulate basic boxes like these, than to draw, move, and redraw high fidelity charts when you change your mind about the layout placement. In the next few videos, we'll walk through how this infographic was planned, wireframed, and prepped for final illustration.
- Planning a wireframe
- Finding stories in the data
- Choosing the right visualizations
- Planning the dimensions of the infographic