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    Hand-rendered infographic, serving as a communications tool for city organizers to advocate for, and promote, early learning initiatives.
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Hand-rendered Infographic for Dayton, Ohio's Early Learning Community initiative,
designed for both print and online usage. The overall style was inspired by the aesthetics and disciplines of sketchnoting and graphic recording, and serves as a communications tool for those working with, and advocating for, early learning initiatives and issues.
Overall layout, designed for inital tabloid-sized printing, though each section is also designed to be broken out for individual print and online usage.
These are the individual sections; each section is rendered with Faber-Castell PITT pens, and colored with Prismacolor Design Markers, with the palette designed to match the colors of the Neuland markers used for graphic recording.
How it happens: the infographic begins with a bulleted Word Doc, pencils, newsprint, and the first of many cups of coffee.
Doodling the words and bullet points; this is how textual information becomes visual.
Once approved, the doodled thumbnails on newsprint become rough drafts on sketchbook paper, where layout, detail, and typography begin to take definitive shape.
The rough drafts and proofs are traced over into final refined form on bright white paper.
Now the fun begins; carefully tracing over the lines and type. This is why you practice and draw on a daily basis; as an old illustration professor at FIT, Tony Kokinos once said to us: "if you don't draw every day, your hand gets rusty, and you loose your practice". We shrugged it off back then as young upstarts, but years later, I regard it as sage advice.
One of six illustrated panels, before the pencil lines are fully erased.
Oops!
The final inked panels; I was going to ink these, but my wife said "don't you dare!", so I scanned and printed copies onto bright, white paper. I glad to have married somebody so smart!
Sampling color combinations. Eventually, the cllient decided to use a singular color for each panel.
Playing it safe; using older versions of the panels to decide on color placement.
A finished panel, ready for scanning. In addition to coloring on the prints, black-and-white contrast was also done on these versions rather than on the inked originals.
The final panels, featuring the inked originals, the hand-colored prints, and printed proofs for color balance. The panels were assembled into a final layout in Photoshop, where files were created for various print and online publication formats, and the good people involved with the work of advocating for, and providing, quality preschool acces and opportunities, and early childhood care and education now have a powerful tool to help enable the success and sustainability of thier goals.