Monday, May 18, 2009

Design for Journalists Project #3

Good afternoon Bloggy Friends,

I hope your week is off to a nice start. We have a full schedule planned for the next few days with our friends being in town. It'll be nice, because I'm already starting to feel restless. I couldn't wait for school to be over, now I don't know what to do with myself!

Today I want to share the third project in my design for journalists class. We were asked to create an infographic, a visual image that displays some type of information. I had a hard time with this one, because nothing immediately came to mind. I started to think of things that I was interested in, and my first idea was to do a graph of Whitney's chart success over the course of her career. That idea eventually led into making a graphic that shows the effect of file-sharing on top album sales over the past decade.

For inspiration I used THIS photo of an audio equalizer. I thought it was relevant with the whole music thing. I searched online sites, like Nielson Soundscan, for the sales of number one selling albums over the past twenty years, and then presented the information as if it were displayed on the screen of an equalizer. I used different colors to draw attention, and a font that gave it an 80's/Atari kind of feel. I indicated the year that Napster was developed, so the viewer could get an idea of the decline in total record sales since it began.

I was really excited about it at first, but after a while it started to feel daunting. I did put a lot of work into it. I spent hours tediously placing each of my tiny images in the exact right spot, but I don't feel like the effort really showed itself in the end. I personally think this was my worst project of the semester, but the teacher thought it was good.

Grade: 100/100

I hope you guys have a nice night. I'm doing laundry and trying to put some final touches on the apartment before our guests arrive. I'll try to keep you updated on their visit with photos and stuff.

I'll chat with you soon.

Love, Josh


Bill Fogle said...

I'm showing not only my age but my general ignorance of pop culture, but, I don't know what a "Napster" is, and I don't know what file sharing refers to.

Nevertheless, I agree with your professor. You brought some interesting ideas to bear on this assignment.

I hope you enjoy your week!

Unknown said...

I hope all is well. Miss hearing/reading your blogs!

EMullins said...

Very clever -- I love it =)

Rick Watson said...

I love the idea of an equalizer! Perfect!!