Emeritus Reader in Engineering Geology, Imperial College London
Graphic design isn’t just a case of ‘making things look pretty’, it’s about making things ‘work’ and this means that there is quite often more maths and precision involved than you might think.
Graphic designers need to be precise
A recent project for one of our trusted web development partners, Pearson Treehouse, illustrated this rather well. They were creating an educational website about a construction project in Twickenham for one of their clients which focussed on the relevant STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Outside the building site would be a poster showing a technical illustration explaining what work was going on there. There was only one problem – it was huge, and wasn’t practical to create the drawings at 100% size. Therefore they needed someone to create digital (vector) illustrations that:
- Faithfully reproduced the beautiful hand-drawn illustrations
- Were millimetre accurate – the originals were drawn to a very specific scale
- Could be scaled to any size without becoming pixellated or blurry
These new vector illustrations also had an extra benefit over traditional hand-drawn schematics: The individual elements could be separated, adapted and recombined in different ways and be used in future illustrations, thereby maintaining absolute consistency of style, colour and approach. We relished this challenge and Pearson Treehouse’s client was delighted with the outcome, so we’ve already worked with them on their second illustration for this project.
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