Category Archives: Studio Diary

20 Apr

Studio Diary: 20 Apr 2016 – new ideas and girlpunks music

noun_calendar_404 20 April 2016
06:00am
noun_map-pin_394189My desk
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
Listening to:
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Quick update today – half day in the office finishing off a project then heading home (for a change of scenery) to work on some admit bits and pieces.

 

screenshotArts research
Final day of work on this mapping project, which has turned into a bit of a report layout job. This has led me to consider offering layout as an additional service. I’ve always turned work like that down, but I really enjoyed tinkering with this clients text, and whilst there wasn’t time (or permission) to do a full rework, even some colours, smart font choices and smarter ways to show data has made all the difference.

 

That’s it for design for today. Going head home and get on with some admin tasks

 

– blog post on Report Beautifying (defiintely needs a new name)
– finances – I tend to throw all my accounts in Tableau and visualise them because I’m a data nerd!
– rework some PDF’s I give to attendees of my training sessions on Tableau, Piktochart and RAW. They’re a bit out of date and could do with redesigning. I’m then going to offer them as incentives to sign up to my mailing list. Which reminds me …
– I need to write my first email for my mailing list  :-S

 

Over + out

 

 

19 Apr

Studio Diary: 19 Apr 2016 – Levellers, text-wrangling and hi-res images

noun_calendar_404 19 April 2016
10:45am
noun_map-pin_394189My desk
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham

 

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I’m working on a couple of fairly straightforward infographic projects today. I prefer to have several projects on the go at a time – it means I always have something to work on, even if some are with clients for review.

 

screenshotArts report
I’m creating 5 A4 graphics to be inserted into a Word report. These 5 pages are made up of stylised maps (of a town, a region and the UK) with points referring to a directory of artists / organisations. Working over several pages has been interesting (most of my work is single page) and wrangling this much text has been fun. I’ve also got to use cute icons and to aid navigation across the page.

 

 screenshotRecruitment one-pager
18 months ago I worked with a Birmingham recruiter to create a series of infographics to share their key statistics and contact details. Now I’ve been asked to modify one of the pages for a different department. My design skills have improved in 18 months and I’m having to fight the urge to redesign the whole thing. I’m also getting to work with a subtle texture on the page, which really adds something special to the image.

 

screenshotPublic health survey
This has been a long running project with some major rethinks along the way. We’re 99% there, and after toying with data visualisations and interactive tools, we’ve now settled on a set of 3 infographics to show the key data from this sexual survey. I’ve wanted to use a hi-res photo background for an infographic for a while, and the image worked perfectly. Bonus that it was one of my 7 free images from Adobe Stock.

 

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