Learn the infograph techniques used by National Geographic
Are you interested in the world of infographics? This is your opportunity to learn the technique and practice of this communication tool with Fernando Baptista, one of the most influential infographers in the world, recognized for his work in the National Geographic magazine.
Design, illustrate, mold. Learn to create a graphic step by step and to solve it on an artistic and informative level. Observe and learn by following their creative process, you will be left with your mouth open.
What's included in this course?
In this course you will learn what is the infographic, what function it fulfills, you will know its historical context and the different tendencies and influences, to then start working the bases of the infographic, learning to design a process and to play with the volumes and perspective.
Once the bases are established, you will undertake the creation of your final project, from the phase of the search of the information to the initial outline, the conceptualization and the first sketches. You will learn tricks to design the structure of the graph, taking into account the reading order of the infographic and enhancing the hook or visual impact.
You can help with techniques such as pencil or plasticine to perfect the sketches, then transfer them to the computer. With the use of Photoshop and Illustrator you can shape the infographic.
Finally, you can see different plastic solutions for the graphic, from basic formulas such as illustration, to techniques with sculpture, painting and different materials.
The important thing of the course is to demonstrate how to have fun doing infographics and to demonstrate that the fact of leaving the traditional methods and playing with other forms of expressivity, can improve the final graphic.
What is this course project?
Realization of an infographic on your favorite subject, elaborating the main element of the graphic, the secondary elements (maps, charts, or whatever is necessary) and the texts, testing with different plastic techniques.
Who is it aimed at?
Anyone with concerns about the infographic, wanting to tell things visually.
With basic materials such as paper, pencil, Photoshop and Illustrator you can take this course. But if you want to go further and find amazing plastic solutions, I will teach you how to play with plasticine, paintings, cartons and sculptures.
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Fernando Baptista is a senior editor of infographics at National Geographic in Washington.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country, worked as an illustrator and freelance designer for several years until his incorporation in the newspaper El Correo in 1993. In 2007 he joined the staff of National Geographic Magazine in Washington DC. He has been an associate professor at the University of Navarra and has given lectures and workshops in Europe, the United States and Latin America. In 2012 he was named one of the five most influential infographics in the world during the last 20 years. He has won more than 125 awards in the editions of the SND (Society for News Design), SPD, ÑH, Best American Infographic and Malofiej, including the Peter Sullivan Award, the highest award in infographics. In 2013 he was nominated for an Emmy for Walking With Giants in the category of "New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture". His illustrations can be found in different museums and books.