Since 2006, Drew Bell and his partner Ashley Goldberg have illustrated their way into a cottage industry, selling over 14,000 prints and originals on Etsy and working for clients like Urban Outfitters, American Greetings, and PacSun.
What this leaves out
In high school, I did most of the shirts, programs, and posters for the theater department, which was a great crash course in print production, digital typesetting, and vector art. I’d hack something together in CorelDRAW! 3, take it to the printer, and have a sobering education in the world of traps, bleeds, and separations. Having a friendly print shop around is better than school in a lot of ways. Find one!
Insert about a decade of: actor, fine art major, technical editor, Mac tech, web developer, server, display window designer.
In 2004 I got a permalance job as production designer at Propaganda, Inc., which was at that time a ten-person design firm. A little bit of Quark, a lot of coupons and menus for Steak & Ale and Bennigan’s. I converted a few menu systems to InDesign and learned the law of diminishing returns.
Then the Big Shift: in 2006 I was poking at Illustrator all day and Ashley was tending bar, and we decided to try selling an art print in her Etsy shop, which at the time was all jewelry. I bought a semi-crappy little HP deskjet and some fine art paper, scanned one of Ashley’s drawings, and colored it in Photoshop. It went… well. Within a few months, we were paying rent with Etsy (St. Louis rent, so nothing crazy) and got some mentions on Design*Sponge that really kicked it up a notch.
In the last five and a half years, we’ve sold 14,500 prints on Etsy. More importantly, though, other people noticed our work and offered us illustration gigs. We’ve licensed work to Urban Outfitters, Pac Sun, a few magazines, American Greetings, iPop (you might catch our magnet sets at New Seasons), and lotsa other folks.
These days I occasionally get asked to make things on my own for art shows, too. Here’s a CGA-style print set I made for Clifton’s Blazers-themed show:
and a ridiculous big charcoal-on-mylar Castle Greyskull-lookin’ piece for a metal-themed show:
So. Completely nontraditional path into the design world, but I’m really happy with my wee corner of it.
This is a mighty fine example of an infographic that contains an illustrative feel. It has tons of info (en espanol?) yet each section of data appears to be accompanied by an image. The background is a sepia wash that brings in the texture of the media used for illustration and unites the poster, where a computer generated background would have appeared out of place. They overall style of this poster is consistent. Mad propz.
This cool ass graph defines people by beard length. Its obviously humorous, but i liked how the different lengths were shown “inside” each other as a sort of cumulative progression (as opposed to a separated timeline style). I think that I find the creativity, humorous content and captions, and simple design inspiring.
I like this infographic because it uses the thin and fat lines similar to the example given in class of Napoleon’s march into Russia. Even though this is totally different data, it works because it gives a visual guesstimation of a measure of something and shows direction.
I like the new design of the food pyramid put out by the USDA, not only for it’s content but also for it’s simplicity. The idea of using something that looks like a plate makes estimating amounts of food intake more tangible.
While there’s no way I’m touching scissors or cutting paper to make a 3D representation of an infographic. I can certainly appreciate not only the work goes into the project but the dimensionality and engaging interest elements associated with it. It inspires me because angles and depth are something I want to approach digitally for a hopefully entertaining effect. Needless to say the color and communication of information can add or take away from the final result.
This image is separate from a series of infographics. I selected this as inspiration because I also would like to incorporate diagrams in my work. Again, achieving the aforementioned “depth” that would inevitably make the work more visually appealing to the audience, similar to this image (and the others in accordance with this image.) Simple color splashes and concise type makes for an informative and not overpowering method of communication.
I love the layout of this moc-infographic. The data might be senseless, but the presentation is, as the infographic states? Is awesome. The piece has great contrast, and wonderful eyeflow.
The monochromatic nature of this infographic was appealing to me. The splash of color makes the entire piece attractive to the eye. Even though there is quite a bit of information to read? The layout flows nicely.
I found this infographic for actors who have appeared in 3 or more episodes of HBO series. As a print/static infographic I think it is visually interesting with the lines and colors overlapping but it is hard to dissect. Overall it is busy and hard for the eyes to focus.
An interactive version was created making it work much better. It is less busy and the viewer has control of which actor or show to track.
I really love the clean & appropriate design, high contrast color palette, and of course the subject matter. Organization of the group members to line up with the honeycomb chart might improve the overall usability of the design. The subtleties and appropriate use of logos, fonts, icons and colors works well with the Wu-Tang brand as a whole and is instantly recognizable.
I really liked the accessibility of this silly information, yet another thing that could be easily tracked at home. I also like the colors and use of typography in relation to the subject matter. The cheery colors and overabundance of asterisks really make this chart a pleasure to read. A nice way to finish tonights homework. H*ll.
This infographic uses simple and cute digital illustration to relay information about the H1N1 virus. The space is wisely filled, and the information is easily followed. The simple and toned down color palette with restrained use of bright pink makes its use effective for pulling the eye to the important information. Although I like this infographic, I feel that the larger of the two pink arrows might be just a little large and distracting.
So You Need A Typeface
I like the comedic bits in this infographic. The whole thing is very simple yet effective as well as fun. There are places that are a little difficult to follow along with though, it might benefit from at least one extra color or different sizes of type, to better help define hierarchy.
project by Eric Fischner - blue points are pictures taken by locals - red points are pictures taken by tourists - yellow points are pictures where it can’t be determined
Eric Fischner has done a bunch of cool projects like this. I wasn’t sure if this counted, but there’s a certain simplicity to it that intrigued me. It shows a huge amount of information without the usage of any words. and in a really different perspective. here’s a link to the rest of the set:
Again, I was drawn to the simplicity in this piece. The coffee staining becoming the second color besides black was a super creative aspect, giving it a natural aesthetic. Though this piece contains a lot of information text wise as well, it seems to be organized with a good flow.
This infographic is a little overwhelming, but I think it has some really nice parts to it. It starts out with some history, adds in some stereotypes, and then incorporates the facts/numbers. It is nice and clean, easy to follow, and while quite possibly useless, is really informative on how geeks and nerds perceive themselves!
This infographic, while at first seems appealing, is only really using LARGE numbers to inform the reader…not very creative, even though the illustrations are nice.
In general, i love the idea. i am a fan of the colors and also the myriad of graphics used to emphasize information. the images are adorable, and the poster is clear. The only problem i have is that the red gets a little painful to read, but it’s still cute.
Groundhog’s day -
another interesting info graphic I found was this. The graphics are cute, clean, and well done. i am not really a fan of the green on green going on, considering it almost makes it illegible (i’m sure that’s a different story if you look at a better photograph) but the rest of the colors work pretty well, and the information cracks me up/ is easy to follow.
I really like the way that this is organized. I want to do a sort of linear progression of the different days of the week, but with different visual info for each. I don’t really dig the color scheme on this, but I really like the layout and the idea behind it!
The previous is a Victorian infograph that explains mountains and rivers and much more. This caught my eye obviously because of the vast amount of detail put into this work. One almost needs a magnifying glass to read it as if it were a topographical map of some sort. Compared to contemporary infographics, the colors are very muted and stood out to me in my research.
In fact, I like it way better than the other one. This still captures the linear progression I was envisioning, but it’s done with much better illustrations, a better color scheme, and even though it might seem a little more simplified, it actually contains more info.