DIY Deodorant

Click to see how to make your own

The hardest part of this project was honestly choosing what to make a diagram of. I’m not one who typically can dream up anything but need some guidelines. I think what I chose ended up being interesting because not only could someone learn how to make deodorant, but it also shares a way to try and help prevent breast cancer.

So I started writing this reflection and realized all I had to say were negative comments about my diagram, so I went through and changed it. I think that’s something I’ve realized I appreciate about graphics, although it may take forever and be a hassle, there’s always more I can do to improve. I like knowing that there’s always more to know.

When reflecting on this project it’s difficult to not just reflect on where I’ve come since graphic design 1. However, I’m going to try and focus on the assignment at hand.

I really enjoyed picking the colors, I feel like they’re pretty natural and clean. However, the last illustration that shows what the deodorant will look like again kind of reminds me of colors that would be used to describe something that smells bad when it should have the opposite effect. I tried to work with it a lot, but I think in the end I wanted the illustration to be as true to what the actual color would be as possible.

I messed around with where to put the steps, but I think they’re more effective on the right hand side because it’s the way people are more familiar with reading directions. I stuck with the same style as I’ve used in all our projects and I think it was fine. I don’t really like very bold types, and I think Myriad give the feel of familiarity, cleanses, and comfort I ended up going for. I think the thought of making homemade deodorant could really weird some people out, so I was hoping the style of my diagram would allow people to see it as “more normal.” I believe this was successful.

Making sure everything was scaled was a pain in the butt because I kept screwing it up or the type would be stretched, but at the same time it was cool that when those problems came up I was able to fix them no matter how tedious it was at times.

Overall, it’s been hard for me to reflect on this because I changed it so much, I feel satisfied with the final decisions I made.

If I could change anything it would probably be the placement of the limes and bergamot at the bottom, but all in all I am once again content.

Map of Holocaust WWII

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This project was probably one of my favorite ones since I’ve taken graphics courses. It’s no suprise that I love the pin tool, but that’s not why I enjoyed this one so much. I liked how I was able to work the program and figure out how to do things on my own that I may have forgotten or not known before. All in all I was pleased with how this turned out. Now, let’s really get to it.

I honestly got teary eyed so many times doing this map. I thought I knew about the Holocaust but I didn’t realize that there were 15,000 camps and just the weight of this time period felt like it was making my shoulders heavy. I’m not kidding, the biggest thing I would change is having enough time to plot every single point of where a camp was, not just in Western Europe, but all over. I actually started to do it for Western Europe, where there are over 900 camps, and I just did not have enough hours. Part of me hopes I will be able to come back to this and complete this component. The reason why is because yes the bubble charts show the differences in numbers of camps, however, I want those who see this map to feel the weight of it too. I want them to really, truly see how much life was effected by the Nazi regime, and not just read them. So, although I think the bubbles are okay, they’re just that: okay. They aren’t great.

I’m also still not sure how I feel about using the star of David when pointing out the first camp and the most significant. I hope it doesn’t come off as offensive, I think that’s my biggest fear. However, I used the exact color as the star they made the Jews wear during this time, and I wanted that symbol to speak up as well. I also wanted it to show that although so many were tragically killed, some lasted, and they fought hard. So I hope it comes across more as a tribute than anything. Also, when I was originally trying to plot all the camps, I didn’t want to use the Nazi symbol because I didn’t want to show their power, I wanted to show the devastation. So hopefully people who see it think more about the brokenness of people that died and not the authority of those who did this.

I obviously used blue for water and green for land. I know the colors probably could have been lighter, but I chose the richer blue and greens because in a sense everything in the map needs to stand out because it’s all important/relevant. The Yellow in the bar chart is the same yellow as the bubble chart, just at a 100% transparency (the bubbles are 70%). I think these color choices are pretty effective for the time period. I was pleased with this.

Unfortunately, I’m still very unsure how I feel about my headline. I tend to either make them really lengthy or a question, which I’ve been trying to avoid. So, it is what it is. I don’t think the play on words was the best choice with such a serious issue. This may be the area I need to grow in the most. I also tend to make my explainer pretty lengthy too, but in this case I felt like the details needed to be included. Especially because the bubble charts can only do so much.

You think I liked the bubble charts or what with how much I mentioned them? They did get the job done and were effective, just as said perviously, not my first choice. I think the simplicity of the bar chart is a nice little addition because it gives a little more detail but also adds more color since there’s so much green.

Also, just realized I ended up adding Finland to the map and forgot to update my note.

I wish I would’ve also added a key for the meaning of the white numbers; the amount of camps in each country.

Overall, I’m pretty pumped about this. I’m not sure if it’s just because I spent a lot of time on it or what, but I guess I’ll look back on it again next week and see if my feelings have changed or not.

NBA 2016-17 MVP

Rachel Weather's chart graphic
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It’s no secret that basketball is a sport all know, even if they don’t watch it. I could argue that everyone knows at least one player by name. This past season Russell Westbrook was named the MVP of the NBA after much controversy. If you look at the votes alone it seems there’s not much competition, but when you look at the statistics it’s a little more vague as to why he was chosen. Harden was also one of the top players fans were rooting for, but the reason he didn’t win in the end is because Westbrook is the best well rounded player. This infographic can be argued as timely because preseason for the next season is starting, but this also could be used in sports and entertainment.

The first bar chart is for how many wins each player contributed to for their team. I thought this chart would be effective because it doesn’t just show how each individual player did, but how they helped their team grow.

The pie chart is for the overall free throw percentages for each player. This shows how each player did under the pressure. I originally thought this information would be really effective, but I think I could’ve chosen different statistics to show more how Westbrook shined as the overall player. This was, however, shown well through the bar chart over the player efficiency rating because no only does it compare Westbrook to Harden, Leonard, and James, it also shows how Westbrook’s average is the best in the league as a whole.

The other two bar charts are broken up into each player to show the individual game statistics for the assists and points made per player per game. Originally I had these charts broken up into order from A-Z, but I decided to change this. The assists are lined up, as well as the points, in the order from fewest to greatest. The individual charts for each player makes it easier to read; however, I wish I would’ve been able to arrange them in a way were they were still clear but smaller. I had difficulty doing this because there are so many games played in the regular season.

The final graph, is for the votes given to each of these top four players. This shows that although all the other numbers in the charts were close, there’s no controversy over who the real winner is. I also really enjoyed making an outline of Westbrook to try and make the chart package as a whole more visually appealing.

Overall I think the graphic turned out well, I like my typographic style because it’s simple and clean cut which I think is effective for various types of infographics not just one specific set. I think my colors complement each other well and each were taken specifically from the teams. It’s clear to see which data goes with each player and I think the subtle grey lines make it easier to see the divisions of the years. I unfortunately really struggled to effectively give the design a dominant element, which was really frustrating. I also don’t think my headline grabs much attention. At the end of the day, I am pretty pleased with how this turned out. I put a lot of time and work into it so I’m content. However, if I were to do it again, I would probably have considered using different data or more focused data because I think having less graphics would allow readers to be able to focus on the package better because all the information, looking back, is a little overwhelming.