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Infographics Using Illustrator

SS Course: 3000377

Course Overview

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In this hands-on, two-day Infographics Using Adobe Illustrator training course, you will learn how to create infographics by gaining the skills and techniques allowing you to analyze data and trends. You will be introduced to workflows for collecting, analyzing, story boarding and producing visual stories. The use of pre-designed Infographic templates and other files in Adobe Illustrator will be covered for use on websites, mobile devices, e-publications, and print.

                                                                  

Scheduled Classes

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09/14/20 - CTV - Virtual-Instructor Led - Virtual-Instructor Led
11/23/20 - CTB - 10420 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 110 - Columbia-ThinkB!G or Virtual

What You'll Learn

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You will learn infographic design and learn to create infographics from the hands-on experience received in this course, where you will sketch illustrations of data and design compelling visual graphic illustration utilizing Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Excel. You will also learn best practices, workflows, and techniques through real world examples by applying font, color, images, charts and complex data maps.

Outline

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1. Exercise: Collect, Explore, Explain:
Students collect, data about the class participants, explore it and prepare a sketch of a data visualization.

2. Make your first graphic in illustrator
Why Illustrator? Why does Illustrator remain an essential infographics tool?
What is SVG? A discussion of Vectors vs. Rasters, file types and outputs
Grid & Layout – Every graphic needs a grid
Essential pieces of a good graphic – Give your readers the tools to understand your visual
Using the illustrator chart tool
Moving your graphic to a Microsoft output

3. Icons & Pictographs
Use the noun project to download and use an icon in a power point
Create a Pictograph – a graphic that uses icons to represent data
Does your icon represent your data well
Arrangement
Details make the chart fun

4. Infographic History
Infographics are everywhere. But how did we get here?

5. Democratization of Infographics
Techniques, best practices and workflows
Free tools, software, and resources for non-designers
Use the noun project to download and use an icon
Google drive
Canva
The Noun Project
Tableau
Using free tier online infographics tools to get design inspiration. (venngage, pictochart)
Free tier infographics tools = free inspiration

6. Make a wordcloud
How can we visualize when numbers are not the data?

7. Infographic forms/Best practices
A tour through the essential form of visualization, when to use them and how to avoid pitfalls
The spectrum of visual accuracy
What chart to use and when
Covers: bars, lines, pies, surface area, hierarchies and matrices
Design matters:
Color: How to use it wisely
Fonts : the single biggest trick to change perceived quality

8. Make a proportional symbol chart
Create representative square with provided data
Noun project icons

9. Make a Tree Map
Use provided data with Google, Microsoft Excel and Illustrator to make a TreeMap

10. Make a timeline
Use provided data with Google, Microsoft Excel and Illustrator to create an attractive multi-year timeline

11. Make a choropleth US Map
Maps are powerful tools for understanding. Learn to use a template map to visualize 50 states of data
Choose the type of map.
Make a color scales and legends in illustrator

12. A day in your life
Visualize what you know, learn things you didn’t
An open ended assignment in which participants devise a graphic that shows data about their own life, executes a sketch and final product output to Powerpoint.

Disclaimer:

All course objectives and outlines are a guide for students.  To ensure student satisfaction, these course topics and order may be modified or added to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

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Prerequisites

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Students need to have completed our Adobe Illustrator Intro class or have working knowledge in all topics covered in the Introduction course outline. Attendees should have a working knowledge of computers and operating systems, as well as experience using a mouse, keyboard, standard menus and commands.

    Who Should Attend

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    • Graphic Designers
    • Creative Professionals
    • Marketing Professionals
    • Communication Teams
    • Web Designers
    • Content Managers
    • e-Learning Teams

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