For my remediation project, I’ve decided to turn my personal statement on vegetarianism into a series/presentation of infographics more geared towards college students. My original piece touched on my own background eating meat up until this summer, the philosophy behind my choices, some conversations with my roommates and my Opa, and the general confusion I’ve had surrounding such a complex topic, one that I hadn’t even thought of as being complex until college. So translating all these big fat ideas into succinct pictures to try to get a similar point across is proving to be a challenge. I’m first trying to collect all my research together and lay out a few different ‘pages,’ I guess, one focusing on the college aspect (i.e. the possible benefits of Meatless Monday in the dining halls), one on my own personal background (which I’m not as sure how to quantify), one a visualization of the ethics, etc.
At the same, though, I’ve been exploring different data visualization tools and those pretty little infographics are a lot uglier behind the scenes than I thought. I started messing around with infogr.am, an online editor to make infographics but there’s hardly any customization offered in terms of layout and apparently publishing privately is a Pro option. They want me to post to social media to save the images (below is a pretty sneaky screenshot I took instead) but I’m not sure how my Facebook friends will feel about this:
So I think I’m going to look into some other options. I’m liking the editor for Piktochart a lot more than infogr.am, so I think for now as I’m still storyboarding that’s what I’ll use to create the images. Naomi says that Photoshop and Illustrator are available on UM computers, so I’m considering looking up some tutorials for those but they seem pretty ambitious. If anyone has graphic design experience…hi. Help.