Summary

The intention of this infographic was to communicate in a quick way how to groom and style ones moustache. I purposefully chose to simplify it right down to a small series of images and few words in order for the image to be digested quickly.I also was aiming to have a very classy sophisticated look to the image and not over crowd it with colours or various elements. I feel I have been able to achieve this through this final simplified infographic.

I constructed this final image using various skills learnt in class as well as further self education through the power of youtube! One of the things we learnt in class that helped me immensely was the pen tool and using that to trace images you wish to replicate in a vector. That specific class proved to save me a lot of hassle and time when constructing my image as I was able to find photographs online, with creative commons licences and replicate them through the pen tool to the exact specifications I was wanting.

Another class that helped a lot was earlier on in the semester but was much more applicable to this assignment than the last and that was the class in which we covered colours. This class helped with this assignment in that I had a lot more control over the colour selection therefore I had to be very careful and use the principles and rules we’ve learnt appropriately when creating the image.

One of the challenges I found though was just before I uploaded my final images I realised I had constructed everything on a page much larger than the specified ratio required in the assessment brief. With that in mind I quickly shrunk everything to fit on the appropriate sized page ,and still keeping the same positions, but as I was exporting the image I noticed that certain elements weren’t looking quite right. Specifically the comb in step 1 appeared to have lost it’s individual teeth I had drawn out and ended up merging all the comb’s teeth together into one large element. Due to time constraints I decided against trying to restore the element to as it had previously been.

Overall I am really proud of my final images and surprised with myself as I never thought to be a very creative person however I’m finding through these assignments that my area of creativity is through digital media rather than classic artistic mediums.

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Final Images

Final Infographic 2:2These are my two final images. The first is the logo icon to be used on websites or promotional purposes and the second is the actual final infographic. I realised just as I was completing everything that I had the wrong page ratio size on both images and was forced to shrink everything and re-centre in order to meet production specifications.Final Infographic 1:2

Research: Colour Schemes

Choosing the right colour scheme can be quite easy or you can make it easily difficult, it all depends on the tools you use around you. Personally I came to the choice of my colour pellet as I wanted some strong solid colours matched with earthy tones to reflect typical facial hair colours. Something else I had to look into was whether to use white space or a strong graphical background.

My final colour palette consisted of but not limited to the colours below:Colour Palet

These were 4 of the main colours I chose along with the use of white space, which I actually ended up filling with a textured background image. This was done to give a small level of contrast with the content and to add a bit more depth to the images.

Pairing the neutral and warms colours together provided a good contrasting pair to the final image where the viewers eye isn’t too distracted but does have a primary focus point. Also with this assignment we have been using CYMK instead of RGB which actually subtracts colour rather than adds as does RGB.

One of the blogs I looked at to get an idea of how to work the colours together was a PicktoChart post which helped keep me focused and not deviate too much when trying to select my colour palette.

References

Ellie LoNardo[Photographer]; (2012). Pride & Groom [Photograph], Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/elonardo/6941932217/ 

Gaviña, Eduardo [Photographer]; (2014). The Handlebar (Moustache) Club [Photograph], Retrieved from: http://tinyurl.com/og9woba

LONO Creative [Digital Designer]; (2012). Mo’ Hair, Mo’ Awareness!, Retrieved from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/69313281734877339/

groomingandgaming [Blogger]; (2014). [Pot of moustache wax] Retrieved from: http://tinyurl.com/o23ycxk

[Untitled photograph of a soap bar with soap suds] (2012). [Image], Retrieved from: http://slogpost.ru/tag/mylovarenie/ 

[Untitled photograph of two fingers warming up wax] Retrieved from: http://www.moustachewax.co/waxuse.html

Research: Male grooming care

moustacheAs the subject matter of this infographic is male grooming care and, I myself am not male or have any facial hair I had to do a bit of research for this in order to get a better understanding of the subject matter.Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 11.27.00 am

Screen Shot 2015-06-08 at 11.36.04 amMy main source of information was my partner who has been growing a moustache very similar to the one depicted. I watch him as he groomed his facial hair in order to a real view point of the process. I also asked him questions about why he did certain things in that order. On top of this interview style research I also read some blogs on how other people completed this process in order to get a better generalised idea of the process.

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(Click the images to visit blogs)

Research: Illustrator Techniques

photo.jpgAdobe’s Illustrator application was something I had never used before and I had only just become familiar with the basics of Adobe Photoshop so this was definitely going to be a challenge. Though the lessons we got in class were definitely helpful, they were more the beginning foundation and the broader basics on how things worked. Therefore lots of research and video tutorials were going to be happening while creating this infographic.

Some of the tools that I needed help with clarifying how to use were the Reflect Tool as well as creating an Object Mask. In photoshop it was as simple as clicking one button to create a mask layer however within Illustrator there are many more steps required in masking areas of your image. This was something that proved challenging for me, mainly because I miss read the instructions on the adobe website and needed to watch a YouTube video tutorial on how to complete the process correctly.

The Reflect Tool was a very useful tool for me once I figured out that it existed and how to work it as I was only able to draw one half of the moustache nicely so being able to reflect and duplicate that made life easier. Also there were other images I drew that required we to mirror the orientation or duplicate and mirror the orientation so the Reflect Tool became extremely helpful in making the process much more efficient.