a bug's life
Informational poster demonstrating the life cycles of 4 main invasive species that affect North American forests.
INFORMATION DESIGN I CONCEPTS & METHODOLOGIES
11" x 17" PRINT & UI/UX
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2017 (7 WEEKS)
ILLUSTRATOR, PHOTOSHOP, LIGHTROOM
Choosing from four predetermined topics, gather statistical and relational information, and design a unique visualization to help further educate individuals. I chose the topic of Trees/Urban Forestry & Parks.
As I was researching the topic of the various trees in the forests, I noticed a trend that many of the trees didn't live long due to insect infestation. This led me to start researching the topic I used for this project which was the life cycle of the invasive species that affect North American forests.
SKETCHES & LAYOUTS
I started to develop various layouts for the cycle of the four main contributors to tree infestation. Initial sketches were very rough and brief, but the use of colour helped with identification.
I used the shape of a circle to demonstrate the beginning and end of a bug's life cycle and categorize it by season. My biggest challenge was trying to figure out a way to incorporate all the relevant information.
I tried a new layout that incorporated all the information in at once. I did the cycle by season and I put each stage of the bug according to when it happens in the year. The start of the cycle is when it is strongest hue and it fades into white as the cycle ends.
Trying to decide if text looks good curved or horizontal. Both incidences come with spacing issues. I put the bugs inside the circle instead of outside, making it more space efficient