Film School: An Intro to Info Design – part 1

Diary of a Song | The New York Times Diary of a Song | The New York Times

A look at some popular information design techniques.

Combining live action footage with 2D motion design, this episode of The New York Times’ ‘Diary of a Song’ builds its visual language just as the artists describe their building of their song.

Here’s a more detailed examination.

But let’s go back: how do we work our way up to that level of complexity?

Visual VocabularyTLDR News shows how complex ideas are best communicated with simple shapes and repeated elements, such as the way things move, the fonts used, the colour scheme:

Visual Grammar – with more visual refinement, WGA West’s ‘Agency Conflicts of Interest’ uses simple shapes to convey data and concepts:

Nesting and repetition – Ayi’s Mobile Infographics piece creates its strong visual style with consistent fonts, shapes, movements and transitions.