What feedback, input, and/or advice do you need from me today in order to prepare your team’s finished report and presentation to share on Monday?
Well, we still have a lot of work left to do. Because we just selected new colors, we need to decide still where and why those colors are used in relation to the hierarchy of the report. Also, unfortunately, we need a lot of work done on the graphics. I haven’t talked to Dee or McKenzie yet, but they’re working on them as of now with the presentation. At least we did get to meet with the law team to know what direction they like so far. I’m sure we will meet up with them again this weekend.
After meeting with our law team, we learned they like our older version better with the literal architecture references. So we played with new colors again and have a new, more organized document to build from.
What did you learn from your readings of choice that would be worthwhile to share with our class?
I read about hierarchy and how it plays a key part in the reader’s understanding of the content. The reader looks at the information in two ways. They look at visual cues to get the general summary of what they’re reading and then they dive into the details.
This blog post is about connecting the fundamentals of publication design into web design. Both publication and web design include pages built off a template (or grid) that allows for both consistency and a variation of design. Similar to websites, publication breaks content up into smaller, absorbable chunks. The design of both should enhance the content, so actually reading it is important. I found this interesting because I am currently working on my website. This article was a nice reminder of that connection because I unfortunately have not been keeping those things fresh in my mind while building my site so far.
Visocky O’Grady, Jenn + Ken The Information Design Handbook. 2008. 105-107
This reading described the mind process of a reader. They understand the information in 2 ways. The first is a quick overview in which the reader is just getting the general point of the content. The second is a detailed comprehension in which they really absorb the content. The first process usually lasts just a moment. The reader looks for focal point that is mean to draw attention first. It could be something that utilizes color, contrast, position, etc. Hierarchy is so important in reading a lot of information, it is what prevents an overload. As a designer, it’s necessary to understand and know the content as well.
This is easily related to my group’s current project because we are dealing with a complex topic. The meeting we had with our law team was extremely helpful. I don’t think we would be able to design a successful report with out knowing what the content was about in this case. Also, the report is broken down into sections that are broken down into sections. We’re not quite there yet on understanding these details fully, but we’re meeting soon to figure it out. I think hierarchy is going to be extremely important in our design.
What questions do you have for critique (for me, for Professor Rosenbloom, for your peers, and/or for your team members)?
How do you think the hierarchy is working with headlines, subheads, bullets, etc.
Is there enough white space? Too dense?
Should there be more of our green color?
What do you get from the look and feel?
Starting to create some colors and styles for our report design.
In developing sample spreads, what did you discover about your team’s content?
What did you discover about working with our shared grid?
The section I worked on had a lot of bullet lists with long text in each bullet. I decided to put each one in one page. I just really think our subject and content is a lot of information to take in and the audience is going to be made of people who don’t know what it is, like me. So, I really left a lot of white space.
Our grid is great for a two column layout with room on the side for notes or definitions. [I’m wondering in my head if a law report shouldn’t be in a two column layout however. But at the same time, I’m trying to stray from what my last project looked like with longer line lengths.] I think the grid works well overall with building layouts and having graphics.
Our report has to do with Transit-Oriented Development. It’s trying to make a new method of developing living spaces around transportation locations [bus stops]. Instead of keeping everything spread out, they are suggesting to build a one-stop neighborhood upwards. With this in mind, I tried to create an architectural blueprint style.
Law Report example
This report is very nice to look at. It has a ton of white space, which I think is really nice in a heavy law report. There are some great graphics and charts like on page 20 and 24. They also use a range of values and hues of their selected colors.