A list of data points from MONUSCO over 2014

Design statement

Principle: I created this infographic to show the list of data points from MONUSCO over 2014. In my opinion, data visualization is to help audience understand the data in a faster and more efficient way. Therefore, I set up the principle that the design should be straightforward, clean, precise, and right to the point. I avoided all the fancy and sophisticated ways of data visualization, as I expect readers to get the theme and key points in this infographic at the first glance. I believe these principles will also perfectly match the characters of UN and MONUSCO as professional international organizations.

Organizing structure: I want the structure of this infographic to be clear and logical. Therefore, I re-organized the data points into four categories: training, repatriation, rehabilitation and basic facts of DR Congo. The infographic is structured with four sections accordingly. Moreover, journalism theory indicates that people read the newspaper page counterclockwise. Therefore the significance/popularity of information goes from right-top, left-top, left-bottom to right-bottom. Following this rule, I put the repatriation and training sections on the top, followed by rehabilitation and basic info of DR Congo. In this way, I can attract the audience’s attention with a very logical information flow, at the same time, make sure that they expose to the most important information.

Color scheme: I used the variations of blue and green colors (three blue colors and two green colors). For one thing, blue is the UN logo and flag color, and green is the color of military. For another thing, the combination of blue and green creates a sense of peace, hope and development. Therefore, I believe they are appropriate for this infographic.

Typeface: I chose Cooper and Microsoft JhengHei Light as fonts for the letters and Arial Black as the font for numbers. According to typeface theory, Cooper has a friendly character and JhengHei represents professionalism and modernism, both of which hone the MONUSCO brand. Arial Black reflects a serious character. I use it on numbers to persuade readers that those numbers are accurate.

Graph: The map of Africa with DR Congo highlighted was used as the background. Besides, I designed the graph such as the “half-blood” man to represent 48.7 year life expectancy, and the “$1.25 dollar rice bowl” to show the poverty line. I have considered to show the comparison of these numbers in DR Congo with the global statistics. But as this section is of less priority in this infographic, after a second thought, I didn’t apply that idea.

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