[This is a guest post by Brandon Stacey, about his infographic project Map of Me]
My professor wanted the class to map out the major events of our lives on a poster as too better understand one another. I thought on how I could display an infographic of events in an interesting way but I wanted the viewer to actually be engaged rather than looking at a ton of text. The solution that came to mind was map-making, which was not what my professor particularly wanted me to go for but it was a way of making the subject come to life and let the viewer find interest in the information. My professor loved the idea and let me run with it. I would focus on the positive and Negative aspects of my life as well as past, present, and future.
I also wanted to focus on different kinds of maps; for example, my past displayed on a 2D tilted map, My present displayed on a 2D map, and my future displayed on a 3D map. The first thing I had to do was look at all the maps I had available and realize that they were all ugly and needed to be redrawn. The second was to brainstorm and go through all the memories that you can recall and then put them in order.
The next step was to create interest for the memories; I created icons for each. My other obstacle was making sure that all the different maps could display next to one another without seeming too random, my answer to this was maintaining a strict color pallete that brought the piece together.
*Brandon Stacey is an artist and Graphic Design major. He is inspired by contrasts in all things, nostalgia and narrative constructs. Brandon was born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, making art at a very early age. He always enjoyed working with his hands. After building a reputation in his hometown for his artwork, he was approached by the yearbook club to work on illustrations and photography for the yearbook and school newspaper. This experience introduced him to graphic design. Brandon now focuses on print and information graphics as well as interactive sculpture, blurring the line between his skills in design and his passion for art.You can check his work on his website and on Behance.