On Aug. 1, Karl Gude’s Illustrator and Infographics class was learning the basics of infographics. Infographics are a visual tool beyond photography. They capture more depth and release more info through diagrams and graphs.
Karyna Rodriguez is the features editor at Downers Grove South High School. She said she is hoping to create more interesting, complex graphics for her center spread. Last year, she said she felt limited to the type of graphics she could do because she was unfamiliar with Adobe Illustrator and other tools like InDesign. So far, she said she has learned some of the basic tools in Illustrator.
Jackie Pabis is a senior at Downers Grove South High School. She said she loves graphic design and wants more experience in Illustrator because she will be editor in chief of her newspaper next year.
Early on in the day, the class discussed good ideas for infographics and began their first project. For their first project they picked a partner and took pictures of them throwing paper airplanes. The next step was to upload their pictures to Illustrator and turn their photos into a visual graphic. Gude demonstrated how to trace their photo in Illustrator and then how to use the tools to create an image. He said he would like his students to, number one, appreciate visualizing info, number two, learn the ins and outs of the tools of infographics and lastly be able to teach others the tools for the infographics by the end of the week. By Kailee Mitchell / Upstart Staff