In the second project, I initially wanted to do a kit of some sorts or a publication. However, my target audience is mostly on their phones and online, thus, I decided to do a website instead. I wanted to go along with the theme of the infographic. The space themed, and at 3am I was thinking on how to do the layout when it hit me that I was going to do it in a game-like way, with different islands to visit.
Thus, came layout and graphic planning. (The images are in chronological order of how they were conceptualised)
Initially I wanted to present my website in print format. But after the last consult with Michael he suggested I make it live. Even though it was extremely challenging, I am glad I undertook the challenge. There was so many restriction and resizing issues.
I’m grateful my friend introduced and gave me a crash course on how to use it. But due to the nature of my graphics and the placement, in the end I still struggled a lot on how to get it done with what I learnt about the wordpress.org builder.
Look at the amount of math I had to do to give myself more playing space. Super proud it actually materialised.
For the second article, Michael suggested I do something to promote my item. Intially I was thinking of crazy ideas like art installations. However, after consult, I realised it was really a bit farfetched. Thus, it was reduced to a standee. But I felt like there should be something given, so at the last last stretch, inspiration came for a condom packaging. Choosing to place the graphics I have on my website onto the packaging I was hoping it’ll attract the users to visit my website.
All in all, I am satisfied with the risks and challenges I undertook for this project. I tried website building and product packaging, two things I’ve never done before.
After narrowing my topic down to sex education, I decided to so some research on the topic.
I read an article on how to make a good infographic, and I realised that infographics are not about cramming information into a graphic, but about sending a general message through cleverly chosen and presented information. I sifted through the amount of information and statistics trying to figure out how to organise them into an infographic that could send a message.
Initially I wanted to do a cause and effect to show the consequences of bad sex education. I was trying to think of a theme that is interesting to present sex in a non confrontational way. Then it hit me, the idea of women are from Venus, men are from Mars, and thus, a space themed idea.
However, after consulting with Michael I rethought the ideas and simplified the amount of information I was presenting. Instead of doing cause and effect, I was just going to present the consequences.
And from there I developed it further. For the last class discussion this was the infographic I printed:
I think the class was receptive to the imagery and the colour themes. But the feedback was that it looks too much like a poster instead of an infographic. Thus, I worked towards adding icons and finishing the colouring in for the graphics. I considered just playing with outlines but I wanted to play with more colours.
From there I finished the final idea, which will be in the final post.
1.What are some of the current issues confronting our world today? Amongst them, what is of interest and a cause of concern to you? (250Max)
This encompasses the most basic information about basic human reproduction and how to make informed choices, and have healthy relationships with the self and others. It could also be expanded into topics of knowing how to give and acknowledge consent, sexual harassment, as well as, awareness of STDs and HIV.
Stress from life, school, decisions, choices, it’s prevalent today, especially in Singapore’s fast paced environment. Different age groups face different problems.
Self Esteem/ Body Image
Is common, especially affected by family, media, and society.
Many people face this, and sooner or later some people learn and some people don’t. I faced this as a teenager and wished that there was something to help me.
CHOICE TOPIC: SEX EDUCATION
2.Why is the issue important? Who does it affect and how? (200 words)
This issue is important because it affects everybody, reproduction, sexual intercourse is such a natural human process and need. However, the negative effects and problems arising from bad sex education are extremely hard to quantify. They are reflected in social issues like unprotected sex, lack of awareness about consent, harassment. All these problems could be avoided if the root problem is tackled, healthy and non-avoidance of sex related topics. There is a need to embracing sex and sexuality as a natural process of life and not treat it as something taboo.
3.Who do you need to communicate to, and why? (150 words max)
I think I need to communicate to the youth and young adults. Because these are the most impressionable ages, yet still more mature ages. I’m thinking of a more global design and target audience but if to tailor to local needs, I think a tongue in cheek approach and maybe using relatable design can make sex a less taboo topic in Singapore’s still rather traditional and conservative society.
4.How has visual communication contributed to address the cause?
I really like especially the type of the project, how it relates to body parts or sexual objects. The simple text also makes it easy to comprehend.
I like the informal use of language because it makes it very relatable. The tone is non judgmental and targets real concerns one might have towards sexual issues.
The graphics here are bright and visually attractive, the cuteness of the subjects also makes it attractive to a younger age group.