Walk Though the Red: Experience a traditional Chinese Wedding as a bride







I really enjoy working on the diagram project since this project indicates drawing and creativity a lot. At the beginning, I have an intention of making a graphic related to Chinese culture. I believe cultural communication is essential in the society today. cultural communication can help ppl understand each other and reduce conflict.

The main focus of this diagram is presenting the basic process of a Chinese traditional wedding ceremony. I choose to use red because it is a symbol color of Chinese culture and Chinese wedding culture. In the graphic, I also including elements of traditional style Chinese furniture to represent the atmosphere of history and tradition. I choose future because the round angle gives me feeling of delightful and also round have a metaphor meaning in China as the achievement.

I was pretty familiar with this subject since I watched lots of video and have conduct culture events for more than 3 years. When I first start, I determine what step of the marriage I want to show, which I choose an essential part. I went google image and find the related subject and draw the essential element in the photo. Later, I try to organize the drawing and think about the labeling.

The drawing part is a challenge since I only have experience once in the Design 1 class. Learning how to reduce the element in the photos but still represent the item accurately is a challenging task.

The shortcoming of this graphic is its layout. There are lots of information to share with the audience and I think the text information is necessary. Thus, the page seems a bit crowded.

The strong point of this graphic is the color using which not only united the content together while presenting the metaphor of red.

I am really existed for making more culture related graphic.


Farms in United State pay the least attention to ducks

This project was very interesting and very difficult. I started with the idea of HIV project, however, I wanted to do something more interested instead. During last weekend, It was the first I had duck wings in united state. This is always the question I wondered. In China, duck meats are everywhere and it is one of the most popular meat sources. I started to wonder does American every produce duck or where the duck wings come from last week. Thus, I started finding data of Duck produced in each state and how many ducks does US product per year to find out the answer.

The only things I can put on a map is the united state map and highlight map of Indiana. Thus, US map becomes my dominant visual. The map shows how many ducks produced in each state and highlighted an old farm in Indiana which produce most of the ducks in United State. At first, I want to point out all the duck farm in Indiana. However, I found there are 300 of them and it was difficult to search the address of all the farms. I use brown color to suggest the color of duck meat and idea of farm earth. The darker color suggests more duck productions while lighter color suggests fewer duck productions. I think the space of my extra map graphic is the bit too close to each other.

In my second graphics, I compared duck meat production with other meat source and farm animal, beef, chicken, sheep, and horses.I used new format in my design. I try to use icons to present which bubble belongs to what meat production does I discuss. In this graphic, I shared the message that duck has the least population in the farm compared to another farm animals.

My third infographic, a bar chart, was to show how many ducks product each year to give the audience an overall idea of duck production. The graphic tells the audience the duck meat is very changeable. Different from what people expect that the production of meat continually increases because of the continue increase population. I realized that I didn’t provide even information of this graphics when I wrote the reflection. I should include the tonnes of the chicken’s production to compare with or human population to compare with.

I also put icon of duck on the top of the infographic to let the audience understand what do I want to convey immediately. I believed these graphics presented an overall idea of duck production in United State.

Uganda Changes your preset of HIV


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I produced this infographic which goes with my story, HIV empowerment in Uganda. When I work on reporting in Uganda, I found Uganda communities and government pay a lot of attention on controlling HIV spread. More important, I found Ugandan are more knowledgeable in HIV compared to me and my US classmate. Thus, I am curious statistically how well do they control HIV.
In the first graphic, I compared the percentage change between world’s new infection and Uganda’s new infection of HIV positive. I believe percentage point is a fair way of comparison. Also, I choose comparison of new infection instead of the population of infection because I want to indicate the result of the HIV control strategic. I hope I can put more call out in the middle of the graphic. However, I didn’t because the detail information is difficult to research. I also want to find the way to include more line in this chart.
The section graphic is the bar chart of HIV treatment coverage. I choose this graphic because it can also indicate the success of Uganda HIV control. I think this graphic is better than the first one since it does not have lots of empty space. I am not sure should I include the key in this graphic, since the color of the page is united. Also, in the callout, I should mention the date of the world as well.
The third graphic compared the percentage of infected man and women. I created this graphic because people in the US always believe that HIV is a gay disease. This graphic tells us to pay attention to women health in HIV. Due to the time limit, I didn’t put enough information in this graphic.
Overall, I think the style and alignment are ok, but now I think the font I chose, Avenir Next, is a bit ugly. The way I use color is successful because I give viewers a sense that red represent Uganda and purple represent the world. I will put more effort into headline and subhead in the future. It is a bit hard for me to produce a good headline since I lack cultural knowledge and have the language barrier. I also want to make the layout more visually compelling instead of looking like a textbook page.