Infographics

Master's degree in Editorial Design
6 ECTS; 1º Ano, 2º Semestre, 45,0 TP + 3,0 OT + 3,0 O

Lecturer
- Mário Miguel Jesus Carvalho

Prerequisites
Not applicable

Objectives
1. know and distinguish the different types of diagrams;
2. interpret complex data, building a comprehensive infography
3. adapt infographics to the graphic rules of a publication;
4. use appropriate computer applications

Program
1. Importance of the use of infographics in Editorial Design;
2. Areas of action of the infography (science; medicine; historical; teaching; publicity; journalism; etc).
Printed and online editorial design (magazines, newspapers and books);
3. Tools for execution of infographics: - digital;
4. Research and synthesizing information;
5. Physiognomy of an infographic: - Title, entry text, body, source and credit;
6. Features of an infographic: - Real information, hierarchies, color, symmetry, typography, illustration, photography;
7. Construction methodologies: - Grid, information orientation, content distribution, information blocks;
8. Adaptation of the graphics (color, typography, graphic criteria) to the characteristics of the publication to be inserted.

Evaluation Methodology
In evaluation by frequency: continuous evaluation during the monitoring of student projects (40%) and evaluation of the final project (60%).
Evaluation in examination period: evaluation of the final project (100%).

Bibliography
- Mijksenaar, P. (1997). Visual Function: An Introduction to Information Design. Roterdao: 010 Publishers
- Tufte, E. (1988). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Chesire: Graphics Press
- Brenda, L. (2003). Design Research: Methods and Perspectives. London/Massachusets: MIT Press
- Wildbur, P. (1989). Information graphics. Nova Iorque: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.
- Holmes, N. (2012). The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel and the World. UK: Lonely Planet

Method of interaction
1. Theoretical lessons supported by datashow resources;
2. Practical lessons including practical exercises

Software used in class
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.