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Define and Research Stages

Week 1

To kick start the subject of VCD 102 I went through the lecture slides and began to annotate important tips and notes for the first assessment. I learnt that the Ambrose and Harris design process model down bellow, I can help me break down my ideas and progressively work towards completing each step to making a A1 data poster.

Screen shot from the lecture

This lecture also helped me realise that interaction design (IXD) doesn’t necessarily mean designs that move or respond to click buttons and icons, which was my initial assumption.

Through this web page discussing different forms of design, I learnt that interactive design heavily focuses on the relationship between the readers and designers. It’s the interactive designer’s responsibility to create designs that the user can read, understand and connect too. This is then contrasted with informational design which only acts to provide content, not necessarily in a manner where all viewers are able to easily read without previous knowledge about the data’s topic and history.

The main objective of the assessment it to transform large amounts of data into visually appealing posters that can narrate what the information is about in a way that is easy to understand for most viewers. I hadn’t worked with large amounts of data before this week so I was somewhat unsure of how it would turn out. But I plan to take it one step at a time, quite literally through following the design process for each week.

Week 2

These two weeks were used to gather our understanding of the first assessment and start deciding what topics were interested in researching. I looked into water conservation due to being interested already about environmental issues and learning about ways to be eco friendly.

I started my research with looking on the ABS and other websites such as Blue Planet and The Water Project. I came across the trouble of only finding data that was in the form of a ‘quick fact’ that held one to two percentages, for example “Australia’s water footprint for the period between 1997-2001 was 1393m3 per capita per year” (Blue Planet 2019). With this it is hard to create graphs that show patterns or graphs that could show comparisons.

I did later find some bigger parts of data, all falling under themes of water conservation acts done in Australian homes. It’s been data that has been noted over a couple of months, this could be used to create graphs that show changes over time.

Before this weeks tutorial I had never created a graph in Illustrator before, so the tools show in the tutorial were very helpful. Copying my data from excel into Illustrator to then create a graph was really convient to learn. I found that pie graphs and bar graphs were what worked best for the data I practiced with, for they were percentages.

From the lecture I recognised that one of the main objectives of this poster is to practice converting complex data into something that most viewers could understand through visually communication techniques. This could be done through colour, word, shape, item association, working as symbolism so themes/ topics are easily recognisable. During further practice I tried to practice manipulating the graphs to be more dramatic through bold colours and making slight data inclines look more intense.

practice graphs in tutorial

Due to water conservation being my topic, its granted that a common colour I will be using is blue, but I want to be able to use complementary and contrasting colours as well. This will make the graphs more readable and less straining on the eye

During week 3 I want to use these techniques on some of the water conservation data I have collected, and also find more useful data that could create a visual narrative on my poster.

Reference List

Blue Planet 2019, WATER FACTS, viewed 6 August 2019, <;.


Published by Kirstywordpress

University student - Graphic design

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