Category Archives: Design

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> NOTES from Reasons To … conference Brighton, 2016

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In Sept 2016 I attended the Reasons To ... conference in Brighton, UK. Read more about the conference here During the 3 days I jotted notes, ideas and references into a large Moleskine. Worried my notes may make less sense over time, In've transcribed them below. Enjoy. Key person to find / follow etc.  book/ article wikipedia link  something to search  random notes  my thoughts / questions  Image / photo reference  website link  music / band  Action Read more [...]

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Dudley CVS – report infographics

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The Brief: to turn a series of standard tables and charts into engaging graphics for a printed report. You can see the full report below Read more [...]

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Pink for girls and blue for boys

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Every time I need to create a gender-related chart, i.e. the number of men or women doing XYZ and I need to use colour to define between them, I always ask the same question? Should I automatically use pink for girls and blue for boys? Read more [...]

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Brand Guidelines and Infographics

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I've been considering the relationship between brand guidelines and infographics recently.  I'd love your thoughts on this - tweet me! A lot of infographics created today are wholly standalone from the rest of the company's materials. Is this right? Should infographics be 100% branded, partially or not at all? (of course, it depends on the use, right?) In my experience there are 3 potential scenarios: client wants the infographic to strictly adhere to their brand guidelines client would Read more [...]

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Sunday Mirror – Justice on Trial supplement

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Last weekend I was incredibly proud to see a series of my infographics appear in the Sunday Mirror newspaper. I had been commissioned to work on the graphics, in collaboration with the Ampp3d data journalism team and the editorial staff at the newspaper. I think it's fair to say it's my most high-profile piece of work to date, and the staff at the paper were incredibly pleased with the results! You can see a few of the pages below:   Read more [...]

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Accessible Infographics: information for everyone?

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Infographics are a big deal. However, they are images, so aren't really accessible to people who are visually impaired. Here are some thoughts and ideas of what designers can do to make things a bit easier for everyone. Read more [...]

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My Week – 5-9 May 2014 / big screens, walls and audiences

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 Caroline Beavon is a freelance information and infographics designer - get in touch for more details It's been another one of those funny short bank Holiday weeks - but here's a quick summary of what I've been working on in the infographics design world, and training! SCIENCE CAPITAL On Tuesday night I spoke at the Science Capital "Doing Business With Data" event at Millennium Point in Birmingham. The focus of my talk was Presenting Your Big Data, where I was keen to stress Read more [...]

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Appearing soon at …

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I've had a flurry of invitations to speak in public recently and, as one of my New Years Resolutions was to say 'yes' more, I've agreed to all of them. Over the next 2 months I'll be appearing at the following events - ticket details below, and if you're already going, do say hi! Read more [...]

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5 Things I Discovered at Cheltenham Design Festival

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Recently I visited the Cheltenham Design Festival as part of my ongoing education into art and design. The structure of the day meant attendees had to choose between a selection of great workshops and presentations and I found the day incredibly interesting and inspiring. Here are the top ideas I heard/learnt today: 1. Infographics Are Not Dead Which is just as well! I was starting to get a little nervous. Not only has the infographics world been inundated with tacky, cheap and low-value Read more [...]

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Information Designer for Hire: what to expect

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So you've decided your company needs an infographic. This is what to expect when you work with me Read more [...]

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10 Rules for Using Icons on Infographics

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Icons, pictograms, smileys, dingbats - call them what you like - visual language is a fascinating area of design. Read more [...]

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Off-the-peg infographics – Easel.ly V Piktochart

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Fancy giving one of these "infographics designer tools" a go? Check out my quick review of Easel.ly and Piktochart, and find out why they're not always the best option Read more [...]

"Caroline took a complicated set of facts, figures and processes and turned them into something that now only gave them clarity but also brought them to life visually. She was a pleasure to work with through, suggesting ideas and ways we could use and display information more creatively. Very much looking forward to working with her again." Jenni Fryer, Communications Manager, University of the First Age