[This is a guest post by Alec Cerminaro*, about the project “Much Ado About Nothing decoded”]
This comprehensive infographic manual uses infographics and visualizations to reinterpret William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”. My primary objectives were to decipher existing content using the lens of information visualization, to demonstrate the ability to create data out of a non-data-driven entity, and to create a narrative using information visualization forms.
Since “Much Ado About Nothing” is a play that relies so much on communication, gossip, drama, and lying, this book visually presents the interactions between the characters that take place throughout each act and scene of the play.
These interactions include arguments between the characters, characters being arrested for cruel acts, eavesdropping on others conversations, good plans as well as evil plans being devised between the characters, gossiping about others, lying to others, falling in love, welcoming others, and resolving issues.
Each decoded section of the play includes the specific act and scene number, the location, the stage cues, the characters that are currently present, the current interaction taking place, the number of lines each character recited, the current mood, and a brief summary regarding the plot.
When displaying all this information, the character’s initials are placed within a circle or a square in order to be able to easily associate or differentiate the characters between one another. A symbol for each interaction will also be used as another visual element.
*Alec Cerminaro is a sophomore BFA candidate in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He’s interested in design that involves structured information, technical execution, crisp presentation, and thoughtful design decisions to strongly support the content of the work. Using a minimalist approach to communicate vast amounts of ideas in a digestible form is present throughout his work, as well as visual experimentation in visualization form-making and layout when appropriate. You can see more of his work on Behance.