The latest craze in design are infographics and I'm definitely riding that train. Being an accountant and all around numbers gal I'm in love with this. Using numbers as a base for a layout. Hell yeah! Of course I like to add color, pie charts, icons and different fonts too but the basic premise is numbers.
This was some serious fun and I'm not gonna lie, it took some time. Granted I fell down the rabbit hole and went way overboard with multiple colors, pie charts, rows, specialty borders. I started off basic but turned this bad-boy into something way more than simple. You don't have to. You could make this more simplistic than I did. One color, only basic icons, no pie chart.
I thought about doing a tutorial on this but it would take forever and a day to show you all the steps. What I am going to do is give you some guidance on the basics of how this is done. Then you can take that and roll with it, just like I did.
Step 1: Google or search on Pinterest for ideas. Figure out what type of infograph you'd like to do. Here are some examples of infographs I pinned.
- Infograph Tutorial in Photoshop - Barbara does an infograph of her trip using a picture as a background, white fonts and icons. She also includes a tutorial for how she created hers. I used this to get ideas on how to do a couple things that I didn't know how to do.
- Basic Numbers and Charts - Basic white background, charts, large numbers, horizontal and vertical descriptions, simplistic design and some color.
- Hawaii Trip - Photo as a background, white fonts and icons. Pie graphs, horizontal graphs, elegant and interesting.
- Zambia Trip - Picture background, white font, used several of the same icon to show how many. Examples: 2 shopping malls was defined as 2 shopping carts and 1 accident was defined as 1 car. Very pictoral and less straight out numbers-based.
- Handwritten Seven Country Trip - Beautiful layout using a background picture and the designer's own handwriting and drawings to display the trip stats. I almost went this route. Almost. I might do it in the future but I really wanted to work with existing icons.
Step 2: Write down what stats you want to remember. Write stats you think are interesting. Each person is going to be different in what they want to jot down. This was my basic list. I adjusted it as I went along. Some things I took out and others I added depending on space constraints or desire to record.
My final stats were: total photos, miles by type, states visited, bags carried, nature visits by type, cities visited, trails hiked, days on vacay, temperature high and low, spending, and gray whale count.
Other items you could do: fuel stops, gas tanks, elevations, different state license plates seen, different animals seen, inches of rain or snow, worst visit, best visit, activities completed (swimming, hiking, tennis, sleeping, running, surfing, rock climbing, etc.), time in different cities or states, time at the beach versus on the road...the list is endless.
Step 3: Pick out what font you will use and what color(s). I would stick to only 2 fonts at a max. I used Rockwell and Bebas in different sizes. Your layout will be busy with different icons and sizes so it's best to have 1 particular font to lessen the amount of craziness. In other words you will maintain some continuity and repetition that will bring your layout together by using a limited number of fonts.
I used dark brown as my main color but used a couple different accent colors including a light brown, gray, green, sunflower and turquoise. I made sure all my colors worked well together and had the same warmth before using them on the layout.
Step 4: Choose your icons. This part is definitely fun. There are tons of free icon .png files online that you can download and use. Some places you might have to pay or give the artist credit but most of the time they are free. I ended up going with 2 different sites: Flaticon and Freepik. Both require that you acknowledge them on your site. (click on links to go to the sites)
Some of my favorites:
I also used some .png files from Ali Edwards Story Kit.
Step 5: Design each statistic. I started with item and chose an icon, added a large number, a title and in some cases a subtitle. Then I changed colors of each item depending the size and how many components. I made sure to link each section in Photoshop so I could re-size that entire item should I need to. (click on each layer while holding down the shift key then right click on a layer and click on link layers)
A quick tutorial on the Hikes Taken Image:
Note: added gray border only for instructional purposes.
A. Open .png file in Photoshop.
B. Drag and drop onto your blank canvas.
C. Rotate image: Image/Rotate/Flip Horizontal (as necessary)
D. Add large number, resize and place where you want it.
E. Add wording.
F. Adjust image at your discretion. I moved the hiker close to the number and aligned the Trails and Hiked to be evenly distributed over the 21.
G. Add color if you choose. I colored the hiker green and the verbiage dark brown.
Note: I choose my color using the Color Swatches (Window/Color Swatch/Select Color). Then I re-color using the Paint Bucket tool (select the image, click on paint bucket, then click on the image)
H. Then I grouped the images together. (Hold down the shift key, click on each layer, right click and left click on link images. You can also click on the chain link as well)
I. Now you can resize if you like or move the entire image.
Step 6: Arrange and re-size all your images on the blank canvas. You can do this any way you like. If you like more structure everything can be the same size and can be side-by-side or up-and-down. If you want certain things to be larger and more the focal point then you can do larger and smaller in whatever order you like.
Step 7: Add lines to differentiate each item. (This is optional depending on your taste.)
I started with the horizontal lines then did the vertical. The easiest method is to use lines from the shape tool in Photoshop. (under the draw tool)
I made dotted lines because I thought it looked less rigid and more fun. Here's how to do it.
a. Click on Brush tool.
b. Select Basic hard brush.
c. Click on Brush Settings: Fade, Hue and Scatter should be 0%, Change spacing to around 150% (Again this can change depending on your preference. Large percentage = larger space between dots.)
d. Click on the left-most end of where you want your line to be (I turn on the grid so I can get this straight and exactly where I want it.) Then hold down the shift key and click on the right-most end of the line you want to draw. The line you just made should fill in with a dotted line.
That's it folks. Pretty easy peasy just a bit tedious...depending on how anal you are or how far you've traveled down the rabbit hole.
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