Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a streamlined workflow, part of Designing an Infographic.
Before we go any further, I'd like to say a few words about my workflow. Each of the different components of the infographic are created in separate Illustrator documents, then placed into the master document. I'm using the Links panel to track these links. The advantage of this approach is that no one document become over complicated. Each of the separate elements is in itself quite complex and has a number of layers. In the master document, there are layers corresponding to different components. For example, if I open the casualties layer, we see that it contains a linked graphic.
If I need to edit that component, I do so using the Links panel. Clicking on Edit Original opens that Illustrator file. Alternatively, I can Option or Alt + double-click the linked graphic. If I make and save changes, the document is automatically updated in the master document. This approach keeps things more manageable. Another benefit is that it allows multiple users to work on a project simultaneously. This linking approach does have its drawbacks. We can't instantly see the changes we make to one of components in the context of the hull.
It also means that we have to be vigilant about the location of our linked files. The master document is linking to files at a specific location on your hard drive. So make sure you don't move or worse, delete these linked files. If you do move or rename the linked files, you can use the Relink button to reestablish links. Weighing up the pros and cons, I feel that having a master document that links to the various components is an easier way to handle a project of this complexity.
- Building a grid
- Choosing colors and typefaces
- Creating a map and diagram key
- Creating a pie chart
- Modifying stock images
- Creating a timeline
- Adding bulleted lists