Friday Focus 07/15/11: About Me Infographics
This week on Friday Focus, we’re looking at lovely visualizations embedded in designers’ portfolios. Infographics as standalone articles are the darling of the crowd these days, but using them to describe onself is another great use for them.
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I like the warm monochromatic orange palette and the mix of translucency and patterns, although the location of the descriptions seems a little cramped. One interesting choice here was to use of circles with varying sizes for the education history graphic, where one would normally expect some kind of timeline. One last nitpick: using
<div> as content separators instead of
<hr>? Not cool (read: semantic)!
There’s a bit of a blueprint feel going on in the background. It’s a little disappointing to see that like the previous site, the graphs are just images, not clever reinterpretations of actual meaningful markup. But the infographic/magazine “vibe” echoes throughout the one-page site with mechanical diagrams (check out the Process section for another visualization), multi-column text blocks, and stylized headings (that are unfortunately also just images, not even image-replaced HTML heading tags).
I quite like the contrast between the colorful wheel of competencies and the toned-down timeline below it, and yet if you hover over each tick mark and read his notes in the tooltips, it actually becomes more laid-back than the circular chart. This section left me wanting more! Or maybe I’m just used to seeing infographics that are thousands and thousands of pixels tall.
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