Development & Realisation: Planning and First Drafts

After deciding that I definitely wanted to carry on with the idea of ‘Where I have been and when’. My initial thoughts were to do a map of the world and have either footprints walking to the various destinations or to have simple flight paths from each one. I googled some images to try and give me some inspiration. Here is what I found to help me decide what will look most effective.


I wanted to pin point each destination I had been too so that audiences would be able to immediately understand what the poster was explaining – just from the visuals. This lead me to the idea of the google maps pin points or even regular pins to give the illusion of a pin board which they use in crime investigations. I tested out some tracing of some in illustrator and these were my results which I am please with.

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Following this weeks seminar, I realised that I had to be creative and imaginative in the way I represented time and space. I had ideas about possibly increasing the size of the pin as I became older but then thought that maybe audiences wouldn’t grasp this idea without an explanation.

I then moved on to thinking about a key or a timeline which clearly represented the time I visited the various destinations. In our lecture this week we were shown how time can be represented and one method was similar to ‘The Bayeux Tapestry’ which managed to show time through pictorial forms – stage by stage. This made me think more deeply into how I could show time increasing through pictures or icons.


Another, more obvious, method of presenting time to an audience is via a timeline. These are commonly used in data visualisations and I thought I could incorporate this with some images to make it more aesthetically pleasing. I began to sketch out some of my ideas including the timeline idea.



I was pleased with these sketches as it allowed me to start to visualise what my final poster will end up looking like. The timeline includes pin points similar to those that Google use and inside them contains the flag of that particular country. The timeline then has these pin points above the year which I visited that country.

In order to see how easy it was to create these flag pin point on illustrator was, I experimented with a few shapes and decide that the most visually pleasing design was the bubble-like shape. The circle was effective but it didn’t act as a pin point so audience may have been confused as to exactly what year or what part of the country I visited. Below are the two outcomes:

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