Vectortuts+ loves Illustration and discovering new talent, so today we are proud to be launching a new community project that combines both, the Tuts+ Workshop: Freestyle Map Infographic Challenge. The best thing is, you can be a part of it! It's great for beginners and advanced users a like. Find out how to get involved, at the jump.
Tuts+ Workshop: Freestyle Map Infographic Challenge
This month we're starting a new design challenge and it's a bit different from previous workshops. It's a freestyle challenge with a theme of "Information Graphic Maps". This means you are free to interpret the challenge in any way you wish, as long as it displays information in map form.
I don't usually create infographics, but this challenge has been great for me personally to get out of my comfort zone and try something new. Below is my freestyle example and there is even a Quick Tip tutorial to check out how I created it. It is based on my ten favorite places in Great Britain and the distances from my home in the north east of England.
Ideas for Your Freestyle Submission
Of course you don't need to do a map such as mine, there are plenty of other ways you can approach this challenge. Why not consider one of the following:
- Fantasy Map: Infographic maps don't need to be a real map, you could create an imaginary map of Vectortopia! Show where you'd live, work and hang out. Perhaps it's bordered with Rasterville?
- Map of Your Office/Bedroom: You don't need to cover a large area of space. You could create a floor plan of your bedroom and show us where your window is, where your computer desk is or TV. Perhaps you want to redesign your home office, where is your computer right now? Where would you prefer it was? You could even go much smaller and show us the "floor plan" of your hamsters cage!
- Your Journey to Work/School/University: Perhaps you want to show us your journey to work/school/university? Maybe you want to share with us where you walk your dog? Do you walk a different route on different days or times of day? You could share the time it takes and any places of interest on the way!
- Holiday Destinations: Do you travel on holiday a lot? What better way to show off your travels by showing us on a world map which countries you've visited, how many times? You could even list places you wish to visit in the future?
Elements to Consider in Your Map
When you create your infographic map, especially if you've not created on before, there are a few things you may want to include in your graphic.
- Title: Add a title to your graphic. This is to help give the viewer a brief explanation to what your infographic is all about.
- Scale: Add a scale to your map. Are we looking at a hamster cage? Bedroom? Or a large island? Adding a scale helps give perspective.
- Sources: Give your graphic integrity by making note of your data sources. Where did you get the map from? What is your data based on?
- Readability First, Style Second: Your priority should always be making sure your graphic is readable. It doesn't matter if it's black and white, as long as the viewer can read the information clearly from it. Think data first, then style.
Vectortuts+ Infographic Map Tutorials
There are several tutorials other than the quick tip example, on Vectortuts+ which you can check out for inspiration and some hints and tricks on how you could create you infographic map submission.
This Premium tutorial takes you through the entire creative process for developing and creating a precise and visually appealing map in Illustrator.
There’s no need to reinvent the wheel every time you draw a map. With Illustrator, you can set up your own map-making toolkit, full of the styles, symbols and other elements you use every time. Having all of these things in one place which will ensure accuracy, consistency and readability, three of the most important qualities of an informational graphic.
Ian Yates pulled together an infographic to highlight some facts and figures regarding Envato’s Remote Staff. Let’s take a look at some of the decision making, workflow and techniques that went into making it.
Flavoring a project with a little illustrative flair, is a temptation of many who design infographics. After all, you are tasked with taking information and statistics and trying to make people care enough to notice them by visualizing it. But how much is too much when it comes to adding your own personal illustration style in a graphic? And, can your illustration style possibly compromise the very data you wanted to communicate?
How to Get Involved!
Would you like to participate in the Tuts+ Workshop: Freestyle Map Infographic Challenge?
How to Enter this Tuts+ Workshop:
- Upload your design to the Vectortuts+ Facebook Group with a short description of the design.
- Add your name, website (if any) and a short bio about you.
- That's it! We'll do the rest and collate all map infographics into a series of showcasing articles!
- Artwork can be any style or theme as long as it's vector and 100% your own work. If you've downloaded a free map you will be responsible for obeying any limitations on the graphic. Remember to mention on your graphic where the map comes from to be extra safe.
- You don't have to spend hours and hours on your piece, the project's aim is to be fun, fast and individual.
- You may submit more than one design
- When you publish your work on Facebook, you agree that the graphic can be included in one or more articles on Vectortuts+ and perhaps shared with other readers on the Tuts+ network via social media.
- Have Fun!