First approach infographic photography

After doing some research on different styles and approaches on infographics , I decided to go with a mixed style combining real elements and graphics.

I´ll try to capture some elements about photography that represents some of the most important moments in the story of photography, and then apply some more information about them with graphics and text when it’s necessary.

These are some references of mixed styles of photography and graphic elements.

First sketched based on objects or physical elements that are part of the history of photography. The idea is to capture elements that represent those moments in the timeline of photography and link the with graphic elements.

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A short story of nearly all photography

Ok, let´s try to tell briefly how photography evolved since it all started.

To understand photography we should start researching some of the main milestones on the history of photography. Photography was created as another medium of expression within the arts, but also as an instrument to capture reality.
It all started with the “camera obscura”, scientists used this effect to study eclipses and other astronomical phenomena, this created an important discovery and started a trend of studies in order to understand how light affected different objects and how the images were created.

Camera_Obscura2Next step in the era of photography were the analogic cameras , more sophisticated tools to capture the light, included more lenses with film that was developed afterwards.

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The next big step in photography were the digital camera, encodes digital images and videos digitally and stores them for later reproduction on computers or another types of devices.

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One of moments that marks the transforming moment from analog to digital was the cellphone photography. Nowadays we use pictures as part of our living experience (celebrations, meals, meetings, etc)   nowadays most smartphones often can get right the exposure, even in situations that might fool some DSLRs.

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Apps , software and other tools are now part of the evolution of photography, nowadays we use pictures as part of our living experience,we are not longer documenting an event, and we are describing an experience and sharing that with communities.

 

Transforming information

One of the most helpful things to use when transforming information into graphics are pictograms, icons or signs. These elements are on our everyday life, we can find them at the train station, parks, airports and lots of public places.

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One of the definition of pictogram is , “a picture or symbol standing for a word or a group of words” Some other definitions include that a pictogram is founded halfway a sign and an illustration.

A pictogram is a visual sign. Visual perception occupies at least 80% of our brains, it means that an infographic will help to be understood when those signs are clear. There are few factors when creating a sign, pictogram and sign, it could be the context, our  audience,location and clear interpretation.

We can say that signs, symbols, icons are created by people to make possible a quick and clear communication without language or words, in order to draw attention.

 

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Examples of clear signs or universal symbols will help to create other icons or pictograms to inform about the content of my research and the CV.

 

References

Rayan Abdullah | Roger Hubner. Pictograms, Icons & Signs:A guide to Information graphics. 2006, Thames & Hudson