Concept Thumbnails (Brief 2)

Below are some of the finest thumbnails to grace wordpress. It’s a really a toss up between 1 and 2, I don’t think a horizontal layout really fits with what I have in mind as the guitar is a vertical object – something I think will leave too much free space around the infographic.

I like the large picture of the guitar on 1, simply because it would be a good reference point for someone to use if they had absolutely no knowledge of guitars or had barely even looked at one. I could even possibly label the parts if I had to. However, I kind of like the layout of 2 more, it’s more pleasing to look at. Plus I was thinking of placing tiny pictures into the circles of the close-up parts of the guitar, so even though the image on the first layer isn’t that big, the close-up image should suffice to explain without having to label.

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Communication Objectives (Brief 2)

I’ve decided to pick my first idea of how an electric guitar works to do my infographic on, below are some of the communication objectives I hope to achieve when it’s finished.

An electric guitar works in a series of logical steps, which will require me to create a narrative within the image to direct the viewers eye around the piece. Some of the terms I will be referring to on the guitar won’t make sense without a corresponding graphic, something I am aware of and will need to incorporate within the piece in a way that doesn’t overcomplicate or end up requiring too much space.

Most people listen to music on a daily basis and is a big part of our lives, whether we play an instrument or not it’s something we can relate to and take interest in. I’ll need a striking visual of an electric guitar to gain the viewers attention, this is where the use of colour will come in, the central guitar will use a primary colour scheme with the subsidiary information located around it using different shades of the original colour. I want the infographic to be full of energy like the feedback you hear from an amp, so deciding on a palette and considering the different emotions colours can produce is important.

Use of text will further supplement the images, especially in explaining the process of how string vibrations travel from the guitar to the pre-amp and from the pre-amp to the variations in tones you hear in different genres (blues, rock, alternative, heavy metal, etc).

Brainstorming and the like.

I’ve been toying with a couple of different ideas over the past week, below are a couple of them.

1. How electric guitars work.

Probably my favourite idea so far, I really like the look of this graphic I found on the anatomy of a Les Paul.

The angling of the guitar is something I would probably do similar in my own version as it could be quite useful when directing the eye around the piece. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of really eye-catching infographics on how electric guitars work either after doing a quick google, they’re all pretty basic and more just pointing out the different elements of the guitar like the graphic above. I would need to think more in-depth about how I’d present the necessary information within the piece as well as fitting in other elements such as an amp and the different frequencies an amp producers in order to visualise the info.

2. How to be a modern day superhero.

I like this idea as well and thought I could probably have a bit of fun writing it as well. A lot of the infographics for superheroes you see are mostly about the price of being one then/now like the one below. I could incorporate different statistics in the infographic, taking a selection of superheroes and then looking at the similarities/differences in the tropes they assume, such as costumes with capes/no capes, living in dense urban centres, origin stories etc. The only problem I could see with this one is maybe getting/using photo images, which I know we’re not supposed to think about until later but it has crossed my mind.

3. How the Beatles changed Rock and Roll.

This one could be quite an ambitious graph, but it could come out looking really cool. I’ve done some quick sketches and thought about including statistics or data within the piece, like turning the zebra crossing stripes from the Abbey Road photo into a graph (on representing what, I’m not sure yet). I could also represent the Beatles using their different instruments, outfits and eras. I remember seeing this how to draw them a few months ago (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2014/sep/27/the-beatles-fab-four-mick-manning-brita-granstrom-how-to-draw) which could come in quite handy if I decide to draw them myself and then trace over them in illustrator, since the facial expressions all set them apart.