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 [...]

"This is the best course I have been to in terms of keeping everyone engaged. I found the examples of other data visualisation to be very interesting as I had never seen them before and know now to avoid certain styles! There were also different data visualisers whose works were explored - it all opened up a new way to look at the data and tell the story; a philosophy I believe Caroline delivers very well. She kept things simple as they should be (not patronising mind)" Infographics training course attendee, Warwickshire County Council