To start, log back in to Lynda.com through the university’s portal, head to the Illustrator section. In the upper left corner, select CS6 (the version we’re on), and then scroll down to Creating Infographics with Illustrator.
Please watch the Introduction and parts one, two and three. If you want to practice, part four will walk you through creating a graphic.
Additional, please find a small data set to work with for this project. UGA has one that’s full of data, but you will need to pull it out and into Excel (or another spreadsheet, you’ll be copying and pasting into Illustrator so you can use Google’s if you want).
Look for a data set that is of interest to you and has at least five categories of data. For instance, if you wanted to do admissions data for UGA, the link above would get you the 2012 info. On that page is a link to past fact books, so you could pull 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008.
The Center for Disease Control posts data sets online, too, though some of those can get very large.
Think about what you’d like to be doing when you finish up here at Grady – is there an infographic you could build that word impress someone you want to work for? Take this chance to build something that matters.
You can sketch some ideas this weekend, maybe even play with the graphing functions in Excel and Google to see what the data might look like. You’ll have all of class on Tuesday to work on this, and it’ll be due on the server at the start of class on Wednesday.
And a reminder that resubmits of the self portrait and logo are due on Tuesday, as well.