Category Archives: Information Design

Dartington Infographic

I was recently approached to design an info graphic for a piece about the economics of Dartington, a local organisation who work in partnership toΒ build creative and resilient communities which can be a force for positive social change. They wanted an infographic to explain how they work, and had some ideas about what they wanted it to look like, and together we put together this…

Dartington Infographic

Dartington Infographic

It was good fun to have a blank canvas and just a little bit of branding as a restraint for this, and I am really pleased with the final results!

TTFN,
Laura

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Met Office Information Design

For the first 3 months of the year, I worked at the Met Office in Exeter. It was a 3 month contract with them to work with the Design Studio there, and it was great fun! The Met Office is a great place to work, it’s a big building with a restaurant, cafe, gym, shop, a little community all within, and the people there were lovely. I really enjoyed it, and loved the work I did – which ranged from development work on the websites and apps, to information design like the examples below.

Here are a few examples of some of the work I did whilst I was part of the design team:

Winter Statistics

Winter Statistics

Grand National 2014

Grand National 2014

Summer Partners

Summer Partners

These were great fun to work on – we have basic colours and a style to stick to but other than that I was able to be as creative as I wanted. These have appeared on Facebook, twitter, google plus or have been sent round to advertisers and sponsors.

TTFN,
Laura

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Goodbye 2012 and hello 2013…

Well it’s been quite a year! A few new projects, a few new customers…

New projects that I completed this year include…

DCUK:
I continued to update the website, take the product photography, and design the e-shots, and embarked on a complete rebrand which will be launched in the next few months… Below are a few of my favourite shots from last year, and a few of the choice e-mails, which I updated the look and format of during 2012.

Santa duckling with duckys and baubles

Santa duckling with duckys and baubles

Natural Mother Duck and Babies

Natural Mother Duck and Babies

Easter E-shot

Easter E-shot

Graduation Ducklings

Graduation Ducklings

DAISY COFFINS:
I updated the design of the Daisy Coffin website, using the colours, type and supporting graphics of the existing brand.

Daisy Coffins Home Page

Daisy Coffins Home Page

BLISS HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON:
As well as some photography sessions with the girls at different events, I have been keeping their blog and facebook page updated and I have been working on some print work throughout the year.

Bliss Photography Shots

Bliss Photography Shots

Bliss Flyer and Price Leaflet

Bliss Flyer and Price Leaflet

DEVON CARERS:
I collaborated with Rachel from Colourclear Graphic Design to work on the new re-brand of Devon Carers Link. They were renaming and rebranding the whole organisation, as well as changing the structure and idea behind the brand. We worked together on the identity and branding, marketing materials, emails, websites, newsletters, posters and more. My first major collaboration – which was fun and really nice to have someone else to bounce ideas off.

Devon Carers logo with tag line

Devon Carers logo with tag line

Devon Carers Newsletters and Flyer

Devon Carers Newsletters and Flyer

Devon Carers Home Page

Devon Carers Home Page

We also worked on 2 sub-brands within Devon Carers – Devon Young Carers and Devon Carers Voice – developing a website for both… but more about that at a later date…

CRABSTITCH:
I designed this logo for a friend of mine who was starting an embroidery business in the summer…

Crabstitch Logo

Crabstitch Logo

IMPULSIVE YACHT RACING:
…Followed shortly by a logo for the new racing team and yacht that I bought as part of a syndicate last summer:

The Impulsive logo

The Impulsive logo

DAISY CREMATION URNS:
Throughout the year I have been working on the Daisy Cremation Urns website and brochure, and we relaunched the new website towards the end of last year. I spent a lot of time learning about coding and opencart to get this website right…

Daisy Cremation Urns Home Page

Daisy Cremation Urns Home Page

ARGAN VIE:
I continued to tweak the branding, and design packaging for Essential Oils Direct’s line of Argan Oil products – Argan Vie:

Argan Vie Logo

Argan Vie Logo

Argan Vie Packaging

Argan Vie Packaging

Essential Oils Direct:
As well as the Argan Vie Products, we worked on labels and product shots, as well as a logo for aromatherapy points for the online store:

Aroma Point Logo

Aroma Point Logo

EOD Labels

EOD Labels

FLAVEL:
Another job in collaboration with Rachel from Colourclear Graphic Design – this was a fun job updating the design and information for 2013’s Comedy Festival Leaflet and posters. The templates were similar to the previous year, and we tweaked the design with the new information. (More about this in a future blog post…)

Comedy Festival Logo

Comedy Festival Logo

Flavel Comedy Flyer

Flavel Comedy Flyer

Flavel Comedy Posters

Flavel Comedy Posters

I also completed the re-brand of my own Graphic Design company:

LAURAPAKORA DESIGN:

Laurapakora Design Logo

Laurapakora Design Logo

Laurapakora Design Home Page

Laurapakora Design Home Page

Laurapakora Design Stationary and Print

Laurapakora Design Stationary and Print

I worked on a personal project based on the Reading Challenge I had set myself the year before, to read 30 books:

Book Review Reading Challenge

Information Design on the books I read in 2011.

I entered a competition to design characters for an alphabet, called “What’s Your Type” by “Oh Momma”, and one of my letters won…

My winning "i"

My winning “i”

I entered and was shortlisted for the South Devon Business Excellence Awards “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award”:

Shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur Award

Shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur Award

And I read and reviewed four different Art and Design books, both for this blog and my other Book Review blog, Information is Beautiful, Graphic Design: A Concise History, How to Design Websites and Creative Inc.

…and that was just the business… in my personal life, I read 50 books, I turned 30, I dyed my hair bright red, I climbed, I sailed, I ran my first marathon and my second half marathon, I sang in a Gilbert and Sullivan musical: Mikado, I bought a boat in a syndicate, we won our first sailing series this Autumn, I watched and enjoyed the Olympics, I went to a street party for the Jubilee, I spent a week in Spain, got married, and spent three weeks in New York and driving around California! Phew! 2013 has a lot to live up too…

I have many plans for Laurapakora Design this year, so watch this space for more… first up, I will be updating my website with new work, and finalising a few projects, including a new website and branding for a False Nail Design company – Skulls and Rubys – which should be launched in the next few weeks.

Happy New Year!
TTFN,
Laura

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Reading Challenge 2011 Information Design

Ok, this has been a long time in the making, but I had a wedding to plan this year πŸ™‚

Last year I started a challenge to read at least 30 books. I love reading, I love books, and recently I haven’t been putting enough spare time aside to read. I used to read an awful lot, not just books and journals for my University course, but also books on my hobbies and interests, and of course, a whole lot of fiction. I am a bit of a SciFi fan, I love a bit of Fantasy πŸ˜‰ but I also like to pick up new authors and genres that i have never read before.

I signed up to Goodreads, and thought I’d try a 30 books in a year challenge. On Goodreads you can keep track of books you have read, and books you would like to read, see what other peple are reading and what they think, find lists of books worth reading (or not), and add your own reviews. this go me thinking and I decided to record what I read and when, and create something at the end of the year as a bit of a project for myself, and an exercise in information design.

I actually got these finished some time ago, but haven’t had a chance to get the final finished pieces printed and photographed until just before the wedding.

Reading Challenge Information Design

Reading Challenge Information Design

Each line represents a book, and they are placed around in a circle with the distance between each one equal to the time taken to read the book (I included the months for some extra exposition). The coloured circles on the edge (purple, blue and green) correspond to the genre (see the legend) and the size of the circle corresponds to the amount of pages. The orange – red circles correspond to the time of day that I read the book (again see legend).

As you can see, I ended 2011 having read 42 books in total – 12 more than my challenge πŸ™‚

Reading Challenge Information Design - Books

Reading Challenge Information Design – Books

This following piece showed each book – The coloured circle tells the genre and size of book; the grey circle corresponds to the amount of time it took to read. As you can see some books I flew through regardless of the amount of pages, whereas others took me longer… (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell took me over a month…)

I used overlapping opaque circles and a circular theme for the designs, and kept the same colours – blues and greens for the genres and yellows and reds for the time taken, so that there was a contrast between the two.

Reading Challenge Information Design - Authors

Reading Challenge Information Design – Authors

Finally, I compared the authors, the bigger the text, the more books by the author that I had read that year. I used pale and dark blue for alive and dead male authors and pale and dark pink for alive and dead females. Most of the authors were alive and male, with only one dead female author, and less than a third of my authors were female – I really should remedy that! I carried on the style of overlapping opaque circles for this design as well.

Close up of the information design print

Close up of the information design print

I had each design printed as big posters – and they looked good as large-scale posters.

Close up of the poster print

Close up of January

Close-up of the book titles and genres

Close-up of the book titles and genres

Authors...

Authors…

Along with these prints, I also wrote a review for each book – which you can find here on my Book blog: Laurapakora Book Blog, along with all the reviews and updates on this year’s challenge – to read 50 books, and at least one book with a title starting with every letter of the alphabet – The A-Z Book Challenge

You can also see this work in full and my other work here on my website.

TTFN,
Laura

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