NBA Careers, Gaming Consoles, Bigfoot & More – Infographics by FIDM/SF Graphic Design Students

Graphic design can evoke emotions, communicate complicated ideas and at its best, do both. Given the fast-paced and overwhelming amount of information that’s thrown at us every day, it’s no wonder that we are seeing more and more infographics (a.k.a. information graphics or graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge) crop up in all mediums from print to online and via digital media.

David McCandless, a data journalist and author of The Visual Miscellaneum presented a talk at information super conference TED on the topic of data visualization, stating:

“By visualizing information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful,” says McCandless.

The beauty of data visualization

Students earning their Graphic Design degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, got the opportunity to tackle their own infographic project last quarter.

Design II Instructor Kyle Chan at FIDM San Francisco challenged her students to select a topic of their choice and illustrate information about their topic using their own illustrations.

Inspired by McCandless’ speech, below are the infographics designed by FIDM Graphic Design Students Caroline Qvale, Gavin Rochford, Heezu Jun and Erin Opperman.

So what did we learn?

Apparently, Cheerios still reigns as the supreme cereal of choice; that shoe size does matter when it comes to an NBA player’s career; that Xbox360’s worldwide sales are surprisingly low compared to its Playstation and Nintendo counterparts; and that Washington is the most likely state to spot Bigfoot.

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Cereal Sales 2011 Infographic

Infographic by FIDM SF Student Caroline Qvale "2011 Top Three Cereals"

Infographic by FIDM SF Student Caroline Qvale “2011 Top Three Cereals”

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NBA Career vs. Height Infographic

Infographic by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Gavin Rochford "NBA Career vs. Height"

Infographic by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Gavin Rochford “NBA Career vs. Height”

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Top 10 Consoles Infographic

Infographic designed by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Heezu Jun "Top 10 Gaming Consoles"

Infographic designed by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Heezu Jun “Top 10 Gaming Consoles”

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Bigfoot Sightings by State Infographic

Infographic designed by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Erin Opperman "Bigfoot Sightings by State"

Infographic designed by FIDM SF Graphic Design Student Erin Opperman “Bigfoot Sightings by State”

Above: Designed by FIDM Graphic Design Student, Erin Opperman.

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mo’brien@fidm.edu

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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