An information graphic designed to show general data of Colombia including demographics, economics, geography, and energy.
The project is focused on building a system that can effectively visualize very complicated data. A coherent visual language is built with three colors and different types of diagrams.
Information includes a timeline showing Colombia history; population density, growth, and distribution; age distribution; living standards; religion; climate and seasons; major exports and imports; major trades; infrastructures; agricultures; energy consumptions compared to US; energy structures.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by the sheer number of countries on the map? Have you ever wonder what it is like to live in other countries? Well, it's very different to describe a country, since here are just too many aspects about them. However, presenting data can definitely help, and visualized data is better.
Size: 31" * 66"
An infographic poster designed to show the fact of energy industry regarding environmental pollution of the Earth.
Major focuses of information were presented by big charts and numbers, followed by detailed descriptions.
Size: 24" * 36"
Making Swords shows how European swords were and are made in ancient times and modern time. Step-by-step process is shown to give details of sword making, revealing the secret behind the sacred weapon. Graphics are strongly emphasized to minimize the need of texts for easier understandings. Color codings are given to differentiate between ancient and modern times as well as if the working piece is heated. The large sword illustration in this infographic is life-size.
Swords are majestic and elegant, so are processes of their creations. In modern days, only a few people know exactly how swords were and are made, so I decided to make this infographic.
For me, I was surprised by the amount of time and meticulous techniques people dedicated in making swords, especially in the Medieval times where limited technology was available. Given that the chemistry behind forging metal was unknown, It is shocking to see how people found out the optimal physical and chemical treatments of metals to make them as strong as possible. The process of forging the blade, as shown in this infogrphic, makes the metal very shock and bend-resistant. These blades are essentially straight springs that will not snap even when bent over 90 degrees while having an impressive hardness. We use the same kind of steel for heavy duties today like spring brakes in car suspensions, cables supporting bridges, and armor plates for bullet proofing.
Size: 43" * 29"
This infographic presents some most common names we gave to colors. It’s more like a survey of color names in the modern world. Some interesting patterns can be seen from this inforgraphic, as some ranges of color are more frequently named than others. Note that people may have different color perception even for colors of the same name, and very similar colors or even the same color may have very different names.
Sensing color is one of the most fundemental methods we perceive the world. Colors are tightly connected to our feelings and emotions, so we use them to mark our greatest memories. Our environments, cultures, and experience all determine the qualities of colors, so we gave them beautiful names. However, the idea of naming colors is flawed within its nature, as our perception of color is usually vague. We define colors in three ways, one by our visionary perception, one by physical properties in terms of electromagnetic wavelengths, and one by values for computers. Unfortunately, we have no way to precisely convert three ways to each other. As a result, our understanding of color is not accurate in any means, but we are still happy to try, to name colors.
Size: 30" * 43.25"
My Life Achievement aims at telling people what my society expects people to achieve in his or her life, criticizing its narrow-minded values of the mainstream.
Old CRT computer monitors that display green content on black backgrounds are perfect fits for the form of this infographic. Hope it shows the restrictive nature of these values, like everything is programmed without any degrees of freedom. Cholla is chosen as the typeface for this project for its unique geometric letterforms that resemble early digital types.
When we look back into the history, we may find ourselves having hard time understanding why certain people did certain things. The mainstream value of a certain society changes with time, and it is especially fast in my society. I was raised up in Shanghai. Thanks to the economic boom, our life qualities as well as our values have changed a lot in a very short period of time, making us hard to understand ourselves even decades ago. With the clash of values, it is hard for us to find our ways out. This infographic (also) serves as a monumental piece that shows our values of a particular city in a particular time. I'm sure it would be a blast when I see this piece years later.
Size: 50" * 14.64"
European Swords provides information about swords in European cultures from ancient times to the lastest issued ones. Swords are divided into three categories here, and their inter-related developments are shown. For each type of sword, typical shape, average length, weight, and related fencing masters are provided with descriptions.
Swords have changed drastically in our history, so does type. An old style type with organic and elegant letterforms such as Jenson is chosed to give the piece an ancient feeling. We know less about earlier types of swords and their related martial arts in general, so a gradient of red is used to represent time.
Either designed to be sidearms, symbols of status, or even main weapons used on the battlefield, swords hold so many stories about the changes of warfare, societies, technology, and kingdoms of our civilizations. Any changes in these aspects would affect the design of swords. People usually view different swords as distinct objects, but they are actually intertwined with each other, deep in their history.
Size: 27" * 45"
An accordion showing the three of my trips. The first one is the trip from where I live to my school; the second one is from Providence to New York; the third one is from New York to my home in Shanghai.
A lot of information is shown regarding details of each trip. The information is shown in an illustrative approach. The project is printed on a yellow-ish paper with random natural textures, resembling the exciting and relaxing nature of trips. Frutiger light is chosen as the typeface of the project, providing a geometric and huamnistic feeling to the subject matter. The illustrations were drawn in the same stroke thickness of with types, providing a unified visual system.
A picture tells thousands words. Well an infographic must be able to tell more than that. While travel can be exciting, the processes of travel are often quite mundane and boring. Many choose to fight against our mundane lives by being mindful to our surroundings, so am I.
Size: 50" * 12"
An infographic showing my dreams and concerns of my future. Color palettes as well as the distortion of types are used to reflect my feelings upon each path to the future.
Panic is hard to fight, especially for those about our futures. When we are panicking, we tend to think about many unreal, catastrophic events that only exist in worst-case-senarios. While most of them have very little connections to our real lives, they are quality changers to our lives. This graph literally shows everything that comes into my mind when I was thinking about my future, among a pool of competitors, in spring 2017.
Size: 45" * 30"
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