The first step was to research basic information about forest fires in California. Then, I was able to confirm my initial hypothesis that the number of annual forest fires had been increasing, and I began collecting the data I found into spreadsheets to allow for quicker analysis.
I had to read through many different articles and sift through a lot of data before patterns began to emerge, but by keeping the data organized and generating graphs the story became clearer, and I was able to form a cohesive thesis for my infographics.
The final step was to create a visual presentation. Although I technically already had my charts and graphs, I know it’s important to tell stories in a way that’s compelling and interesting, so people want to learn more. I experimented with a few different visual styles before settling on a gold-orange-purple gradient with “map” elements to refer back to the issues of land and wilderness.
Blurb about the design process, what I learned, and other details I missed earlier on the page. Official copy TBD.
Dr. Claire Lauer, whose technical writing and information design class was instructive and inspiring.
© Allison Perlis 2021