[This is a guest post by Reinhardt Matthysen*, about his infographic project ‘Top 100 films‘]
With this project, I had the privilege to design an infographic about a journey in my life. I decided that this journey would be an exploration of my top one hundred films.
The most difficult part to me when designing an infographic is finding that balance between creating something that is visually stimulating and commutating certain trends from the information that was gathered.
I decided to compare my taste to IMDB’s taste to see how we differ. I was also curious to find out why I perceive certain movies to be better than other movies.
The main visual in my infographic is a pie chart (divided into one hundred parts) which indicates the top one hundred films. The pie chart is then divided into three sections, where the outer section indicates the gross income of each film, the middle section indicates the different genres of each film and the innermost section shows my taste (grey lines) vs. IMDB’s taste (white lines). Another element in my infographic is small symbols placed next to certain movies which indicates a favorite actor, director or film composer.
*Reinhardt Matthysen is currently studying Information Design at the University of Pretoria. He never had art or design as a subject at school and was really intimidated when applied for design because of his lack of experience. He always knew he wanted to do something creative and he’s really thankful and privileged to be able to do what he loves. You can find him on Behance