Designing charts and graphs

May 31, 2012 by Lauren Designs

It has been said that graphic designers are info junkies. They likely know all the Ted talks, read manuals for fun, and compile piles of note books with interesting facts and how to lists. This is what I learned during my time at Madhouse Media, or confirmed anyways. Mel was always adamant about her note books, and once full, they would be added to the already full shelf of previous notebooks. Before the Internet was a resource for everything, we organized outings and physically visited a thrift store to look at odd things, or chased oyster pickers on an actual beach to get an amazing stock photo shot. We also had in-house study workshops on creative storytelling. Great design involves storytelling and Mel understood the importance of perfecting the art of the good story. (My favourite resource material from our workshop was this Russian animation.) Organizing information into a visual story is an art and since information is the modern day renewable resource, designers are there to make it accessible.

As a designer, I admit I love information and I have an insatiable urge to put information into order and make it visually understandable. Along with my satisfaction of compiling info into brochures, catalogs and small books, I like to make charts. … more.


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