Survey finds Connecticut residents divided when asked if they expect improved economic conditions will continue.
This is another in an ongoing series of infographics I am producing for local news website Connecticut By The Numbers.
The story covers a quarterly “Consumer Confidence” survey by InformCT, a public-private partnership that provides independent, non-partisan research, analysis, and public outreach to help create fact-based dialogue and action in Connecticut. Read the full story here and view the original report on CERC’s website.
The process for these graphics start when the request comes in from Bernard Kavaler, journalist and Managing Principal of the Hartford-based news site.
Sometimes it takes me a while to digest the data and come up with a compelling concept for the graphic. This story involved a lot of numbers, so it took a bit longer than usual to decide what to focus on.
I then sketched out some rough ideas on paper. As you can see in the gallery below, my sketches are very rough. Probably not a good idea to share those in public, but the point of this blog is to show the process so that others might be inspired to create something themselves.
I am not a graphic designer, but really enjoy creating this kind of content. I began experimenting with infographics about a year ago and have since developed a process that works very well.
I create the graphics in Canva, which is an online graphics site I’ve been using for about a year and a half. The service has greatly improved over the past year, but it still has its quirks, which can make the creation of precise data visualizations such as this challenging.
Canva provides a few templates for infographics that are a great source of inspiration. I’ve only relied on the templates in a design a couple of times. Generally, I come up with the rough idea on paper and then just start from a blank canvas in Canva.
What do you think of the graphic I created? Take a look at the story and let me know if it helped your understanding of the data. I’m very interested in developing my skills in this area and any feedback my readers have is greatly appreciated.