This week, I have been developing my poster and have come very close to finalising the finished design of my poster. Since the last post, I have made several different design changes to the overall layout and presentation of my final poster. As I decided on what kind of shapes and images to use and display in my poster.
I felt that some of the most recognisable and appropriate shapes to use in this case would be famous landmarks from different countries (e.g. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, etc.) in order to represent and help the audience identify and understand the information I’m displaying. This gave me the opportunity to use the image trace tool in Adobe Illustrator, which can be used to recreate pre-existing images, but with different effects (e.g. black and white, 3 colours). I used this tool to create silhouettes so that I could have simple images, but also maintain the visual elements of each of the landmarks presented in the poster.
The following images show my experimenting with the tools available in Adobe Illustrator, as well as the overall development of my poster.
As seen here, the famous landmarks were originally going to be placed on top of the bars in my bar chart. I later decided that they fit better on the lower side, as I felt they looked more aesthetically appealing, and it gave me more opportunity to try out different effects for them, without complicating the design.
The landmark I found most fun and appealing to apply effects to was the Taj Mahal, as it has many decorative details on it that translated well into my version of it.
As seen above, on the left, I had an earlier design for my poster, which consisted of a simple looking skull with one half of the world in each of its eyes. While I felt it was an interesting concept, I felt that the general tone of this version of the poster was a bit too grim and the message was slightly morbid, no matter how cartoony I made the skull itself look. I also felt that this design didn’t give me as much freedom when it came to using space creatively and trying out the different effects in Illustrator.
I had a skull in my original poster, as it is an established symbol for mortality, and I wanted shapes in my poster to affect the audience more than words and figures. However, I wanted a more positive approach to presenting the subject of “Who lives the longest?”
I have nearly finished my poster, but I can still use some of my remaining time before the 12th to continue finalising and improving my poster. For example, I could include more countries in the bar chart, as a choice of ten might not be a broad enough selection of countries. I could also try presenting this information in lanscape orientation, as it may give me more space to show my information and graphics.
Image sources (in order from high life expectancy to low):
Japan (Torii Gate): http://www.glogster.com/lukerox/glog-5278/g-6mn2kovee8qdefclp1c34a0
Italy (Leaning Tower): http://stephendanko.com/blog/14424
France (Eiffel Tower): www.wdyl.com/#Eiffel+Tower
United States (Statue of Liberty): http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/statue-of-liberty/images/32363539/title/statue-liberty-photo
Egypt (Sphinx and pyramid): http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/sphinx1.html
Russia (Kremlin): http://travelsurround.com/kremlin/
India (Taj Mahal): http://www.santabanta.com/wallpapers/tajmahal/
Pakistan (Badshahi Mosque): http://www.tourisminpakistan.com/punjab/lahore/badshahi-mosque/
South Africa (Table Mountain): https://www.integrallife.com/member/linda-hollier/blog/table-mountain-chakras-myths-feng-shui-and-my-story