Data Viz: Gilmore Girls // class project

"Where you leaaaad, I will followwww". Now that I've got the theme song stuck in your head, lets talk about how fun this illustration is! The assignment was data visualization, and of course, I went the fun-instead-of-serious route. Luckily some nice people at Vulture rewatched the show and found all this data that I used, although having to rewatch Gilmore Girls wouldn't have been that big of an issue for me. And I ended up not even using all of it in this graphic! Read the article for some crazy Stars Hollow facts.

What I love about this project is how I was able to take such huge numbers and portray them in such a simple fashion. Everything, from the black dot used to count, to the Helvetica Neue used throughout the illustration, scream simplicity. Which is almost ironic, because Gilmore Girls, as a show, is known for being fast-paced and complicated. I think that's why I like the way this illustration style turned out. Also, I originally didn't have the illustration of Lorelai and Rory, but I am soooo glad I added it at the end, because it adds a much needed warm, personal touch to the otherwise plain visualization.

How To: Guacamole // class project

Because who doesn't love some good guacamole?! The theme of this project was "How It Works," and a lot of my classmates did more technical projects, such as how lighthouses work, or how to properly lift weights. Nope, not me. I wanted something fun that I could portray in what I consider to be "my style": flat illustrations, bright colors, casual feeling.

One of the most difficult parts of this project was figuring out how to be consistent. My original illustrations were all over the place; some were flat and two-toned, some were a bit more dynamic, etc. I also had to figure out how to make them similar shapes, so that they would all fit nicely into a grid. Initially I had more of an orange color as the accent, but sometimes you've gotta go big or go home, ya know? So bright yellow it is! Now, who wants some homemade guac??

Cupcakeland // class project

For my illustration class we had to show a process of some sort, so I chose one of my favorite things, baking cupcakes! Themed in a manner to the classic board game Candyland, I wanted to take the opportunity to illustrate some of my favorite (aka the cutest) aspects of baking and decorating cupcakes. The board game aspect comes into play to help you decide on which flavor to bake.

I distinctly remember with this project that I completely scrapped what I had been working on a few short hours before the assignment was due. The cupcake-theme had already been there, but the vision for the Candyland board came at the last minute. I wrote all the content and made it fit within the game board. The most difficult part of this project was designing the individual elements and making sure they worked together style-wise, as well as sizing everything to fit together. It was a lot of work, but this is still one of my favorite projects!

What Is Lupus? // class project

This project was very personal to me, as I am one of the approximately 1.5 million Americans who has Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. For this assignment, we were to convey large amounts of data in an infographic. The more numbers, the more difficult the synthesis of the information. 

Researching legitimate statistics was the first step in this infographic project, which is especially important in health-related infographics. Next is deciding on the most effective way to showcase the information, pie charts vs. percentages vs. simply stating facts numbers. The color palate was an easy choice, considering purple is the go-to color for Lupus support. This is a project close to my heart! 

Ohio Ice Cream // class project

I consider myself somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur, so this project was an obvious choice when we were tasked with a map-based assignment. If you've never had these ice creams, I highly recommend a visit if you're ever in Ohio. Because these are all localized ice cream establishments, it was hard to map them all on one Ohio map, because they all tend to overlap. Some problem-solving later and this is what I came up with.

This project required a good amount of research; finding something with enough locations to map out, coordinating a whole buncha Google Maps, and figuring out overlapping highways. The research that I really enjoyed was reaching out to all the places to learn about their history and popular flavors! I learned from this project that sometimes elaborate projects like mapping require simplicity in other areas (example... I exchanged the ice cream cone patterned background for a simple yellow). Now who wants some ice cream?

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(PROJECTS TO BE TAKEN LESS SERIOUSLY...

/SLASH TO SHOW HOW FAR I'VE COME)

Tools Guide // class project

I like to include this project because this was my first "infographic" project; actually, it was my first project in college, ever. I don't think it is the worst thing I've ever done, but I do think that I have learned a lot since August of 2012. This assignment was also fun because I was literally learning what all the tools were and how to use them.

This assignment was very scary... my first college assignment! But I was willing to work hard and try anything, so I was proud at the time of the results. Originally I had the name and the description in opposite colors, but then I switched it up

Typeface Graphic

I included this graphic mostly because it was fun to make. We had to use typographic characters to create a face or character, so I modeled it after my dad. And he does really cook a mean chocolate chip cookie.

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