LGBT Television Representation Growing Closer to Representing Reality

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Something that I feel like I missed the mark on that I like to pay a lot of attention to normally is color. Color is so deeply embedded in LGBT culture and history, and I should have done a better job taking that into account. Every identity has their own flag, and I struggled with thinking about how to incorporate that many colors into the design without looking tacky. So instead, I thought it would be interesting to use colors that you might find on a retro TV with no signal bars, tweaked a bit to look less bright. I am not sure this came through in my design how I intended when I first started to think about it– originally, my main graph was going to be a bar graph, and I think my idea would have been more obvious to others if I had followed through with my design.

I also wish that I had explored font choices beyond BentonSans. I really considered using Railway instead because I feel that it is very visually interesting while staying clean. However, when I had the final graphic put together, I ended up thinking it looked too busy, and I already knew I really liked and trusted BentonSans. I also wish I had remembered to use paragraph styles– that function always saves me a lot of time, except when I forget to use it.

I also wish I had put more thought into my layout– it made a lot more sense in my head and in my initial draft than in the final product. I need to be more flexible in future design projects so that I can adjust my idea so it makes more sense from a functional viewpoint.

Finding statistical information on my topic beyond the GLAAD report that I found initially was surprisingly difficult. I did not think about how difficult it would be to find information about my topic when I started. Data about the LGBT population is difficult to find and quantify because of the nature of the information, especially since Donald Trump decided to stop collecting data about LGBT households on the census. It is also just more difficult to find specific information about how many people identify with which labels or even as LGBT at all because it is so easy, and sometimes preferable, to lie in surveys about sensitive information like that. It is much easier to find information about age or nationality than sexual orientation and non-cisgender gender identities. So, finding numbers on approximated percentages of the population that identify with different labels actually took a long time.

Despite my problems that I have with my design, I am honestly really happy with how it turned out. While it might not be publishable in a newspaper because of the colors, I could see it being in a magazine with some tweaking. I like how my callouts work, I like how the colors remain linked to their respective identities throughout the design, and I like my keywords box. If I were to do this assignment over again I would have a lot of things I would change, but overall, considering that I am very new to the world of infographics, I am very proud of my work.