infographic solution
Preliminary Sketches and Designs
The topic of my infographic is air pollution and how it affects people’s health. I wanted to show the most polluted countries in the world and what health effects air pollution is causing on the people. I start out by explaining how air pollution is measured (PM 2.5) and then illustrate the top ten most polluted countries in the world. These countries are shown in hiearchical order according to that country’s PM 2.5 level. The countries are also proportional in size and opacity of their PM 2.5 level. I then list out different heatlheffects that are heavily affecting each country. I wanted to show the worst health problems in each area instead of listing every single health problem. The countries with low levels of pollution experience less severe health problems while more heavily polluted countries experience more harsh health effects. After that illustration I go into statistics about death rates linked to air pollution. I illustrate a breakdown of deaths attributed to specifc diseases according to death rates from 2012. The diseases are proportional in size according to their percentage. I wanted my design to be visually stimulating and easily readible at the same time. I wanted to play with the theme of air and health and maintain a design that grabbed attention but was not too flashy or “in your face.” I played with air-particle-like illustrations to help bring together illustration and information.

For my user-centered design I wanted something that would help those that experience problems with air pollution on a daily basis. The best thing people have been doing is wearing air pollution masks outdoors. I thought about how I could improve something people already use and came up with a few ideas. First, according to my research, masks were more commonly used in east asian countries like China. Air pollution levels were the worst in south asian countries but masks are not typically worn, so my first objective was to make a mask that was cheap enough to be purchased in these developing countries. My second concern was that most masks looked the same and made the wearer look like a hospital patient. So I wanted to make a mask that would be fashionably pleasant and more normalized in public settings. Most masks were also uncomfortable or did not fit the wearer well so I needed to find a good fitting design. I also wanted something that really set my mask apart from others and I came up with a pollution catching patch so that people could see how much pollution their mask has come in contact with.

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