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Nuclear Arms and Disaster Infographic.

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The challenge

Research and visualise statistics within a chosen theme, with use of typography, colours, iconography and prototyping. Not only this but to also build something unique that stands out from the crowd.


Researching

With the world becoming a lot greener and a lot of talk regarding nuclear fuel and weapons, at the time I thought it’d be interesting to visualise this data. This, among various other ideas, went through a determinative process and eventually, I came out with the nuclear theme. I wanted to showcase what the world really looked like under the nuclear umbrella and what the risks are because of that.


How I dealt with bumps in the road?

The main problem I faced was that within the class, everyone seemed to be designing and generating some really good layouts and designs. But I wanted to be different and design something that was unique.

Through researching, I found that there was an underused grey area in regards to the creation of horizontal infographics. This is the theme I decided to go with. Since it’s going to be really wide, I overcame the spacing issues with a condensed font reminiscent of 1950’s cold war typography.

I managed to fit the entire world map in the background, which is traditionally horizontal and visualised the data along a horizontal chronological timeline. All the things I couldn’t have done traditionally with a vertical layout.


The demographic

With this infographic, I wanted the colours and iconography to be striking and vivid, much like a nuclear warning and disaster iconography.


Achieving clarity within the design

The design itself is mapped after the 1960's signage and contains the same exact colours as the INES Nuclear disaster chart, which directly relates the two.


Optimisation

To optimise the design for a horizontal layout, I used condensed fonts and vertical imagery, this meant I was able to fit in the necessary information.


A strong narrative

The dark background features a world map and in combination with the chart's grid. It makes the design seem reminiscent of what is typically thought of as a doomsday/disaster maps.


The finish line

Through my adaptations and problem solving, I was able to create a colourful detailed and rich infographic that stood out of the crowd. I was ultimately commended with a first-class honour for this module.