Visual Arts Open Studio Hours
- Tuesday, January 22 – 7:30-10:30AM
- Thursday, January 24 – 7:30-10:30AM
- Friday, January 25 7:30-10:30AM
Today’s essential question: How can I balance similarly saturated colors with neutrals to create a cohesive color scheme?
Look at the infographics below. Each infographic has a few dominant colors of equal saturation or brightness, as well as some neutrals. What purpose do the neutrals serve? What might the dominant colors for your infographic be? Why is it important to conscientiously limit your color palette?
Today’s essential question: How can I visually organize information by using shapes and lines in my infographic?
Today’s essential questions: What are some things that are working well in the featured student examples below? What could be improved to make them even better? What ideas do these give you about your own project?
The following people never posted the PDF files of their finished silhouette projects to their blogs. The projects were printed over break, but if you would like a small version of your project printed for the show that opens next week, please post your PDF to your blog IMMEDIATELY:
Today’s essential question: How can I use typography to create a professional, easy to read infographic?
Many of us are ready to add text to our infographics. When trying to make your text look interesting, don’t use too many different “fun” fonts or your project will look like a hot mess:
As a general rule, you should use two different typefaces to keep things interesting yet unified. These typefaces should be fairly different to show contrast, and you should use the more decorative one for headings. NEVER set body text in a decorative typeface – it will make it illegible and look unprofessional. The image below explains why:
Find the above examples entertaining? There’s an entire blog post, titled, “Does your choice of font signify you as a terrifying beast?”
Visual hierarchy tells people where to look first and what is most important. It can be achieved with size, weight, color, texture, orientation and space, or any combination of these tools.
To pair fonts that come from the same family, plan carefully to create contrast, varying things like font size, weight (such as light, regular, and bold), and case (upper, lower, small caps). One of the benefits of limiting your fonts for a presentation to one font family is that it creates a more consistent look.
Using contrasting typefaces makes it clear which text are headings and subheads and which are body copy. The differences help create distinct roles for each font, allowing them to stand out as individual pieces of information.
One of the most popular ways to combine fonts effectively is to pair a serif and a sans serif. This is a classic combination and it’s almost impossible to get wrong. Serif fonts have the small numbs on the ends of the different strokes of the letters. Sans serif fonts do not have these little nubs.
Conflicts between fonts happen when the fonts look too similar. As you can see in the example above, the two fonts share the same weight, size and decoration. As a result they’ve become too alike. They’re performing very similar roles, but the small differences are conflicting which makes for an awkward overall effect. This makes it difficult to establish a hierarchy, because the fonts aren’t visually distinguishable from each other. In fact, font combinations that are too similar can often times look like a mistake—as if you’d been experimenting with different fonts and had forgotten to clean up after yourself.
As mentioned before, it is generally wise to stick to only two or three fonts. Too many fonts can distract and confuse your audience. Limiting the amount of fonts you use will help create a harmonious, unified design.
Today’s essential question: How can I create simple vector graphics to use in my infographic?
Create your graphic from the simplest shapes possible, and include the minimum amount of details needed for your graphic to be recognizable
Create contrast through color, shape, and scale
Today’s essential question: How will I create my infographic in Adobe Illustrator?
Today we will begin creating our infographics in Illustrator AFTER Ms. Lawson has approved your project proposal. The following people may start working in Illustrator now: Omarion, Dax, Shaborn, Hsa.