A page about space.

The next page that I’ve been working on is a page combining some images of space and associated facts.

There are an abundance of really interesting facts that I could’ve chosen for this page. However, I needed to make sure that my facts were both suitable and interesting for my lay/ non-scientific audience. They couldn’t be overly complicated and I knew that it would help if they were of a nature that could be easily visualised. For instance the fact that the moon moves 3.8cm further from the Earth every year was included as I think most people can easily identify with or visualise the moon and also have an appreciation of what 3.8cm looks like. I also have to be honest and admit that I chose facts which I could find nice images for, as the whole point of infographics is the art of visualisation. Like this one…

saturn-picture

This page was (fairly) simple to produce. My title is consistent with the title on my homepage and every other page that I’ve created. I’ve ended up with a page of text/ facts;

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Which becomes this when rolled over with the mouse cursor;

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The only issue that I can potentially see so far is the legibility of some of the facts. For instance the one which runs vertically down the page is quite compressed and thus a little hard to read. Also, I don’t like the way that the individual div boxes make the fact image seem non-continuous. I really wanted this to look like a computerised blackboard which turned into really interesting and engaging related images. I think the lines from the div boxes spoils this effect a little.

UPDATE

I’ve now solved this slight issue and have (hopefully) made the end result of this page a lot more aesthetically pleasing.

In the end I ended up creating the fact board as an image in Illustrator and then slicing it up and creating rollovers (much in the same way as I made my homepage). This now means that I don’t have lines between each fact box. This method also made it much easier for me to make sure my text was not compressed or elongated and would be completely legible. My ‘Space’ page now looks like this;

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The images still appear when the text is rolled over;

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Clicking on each image brings the text back up. As you can see I’ve also added a few more facts and images in order to make the page both more informative and also more visually interesting. I’ve included the middle image (the purple one of light in space) as the middle because, according to some web design research I’ve conducted, the outward moving lines of light should direct the viewer’s eye-line outwards. Therefore, they should notice/ appreciate the other images more.

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