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  • Writer's pictureEvan Johnson

WORKING PROFESSIONALS - Infographics Design with Matthew Twombly

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Working Professionals is a new series of Master Classes presented by Stay Calm Industries. These single day, intensive classes are for working professionals, by working professionals. Learn new skills and sharpen old ones by learning from the best in your field, without being held back by beginners. Each class focuses on specific skills and abilities such as infographic graphic design, brand and identity creation, food photography, and more. Classes begin with case studies and training, and will go more in-depth about the processes involved.

Class One: Infographic Design with Matt Twombly

As a graphic designer or marketing professional, it is fundamentally important to grasp the structure that makes up a great infographic design. Infographics are seen nearly everywhere, from social media and new sites, to blogs and printed publications. We invite practicing design professionals to partake in a one-day intensive workshop that will explore the creation of infographics storytelling and editorial.

Freelance designer and illustrator, and former graphic editor at National Geographic, Matthew Twombly will share his 10+ years experience designing for magazines and show you his methods for making graphics. He'll take you through Adobe Illustrator and show you what tools and tips go into his process, including workflows for analyzing, storyboarding, and producing visual stories.

Through several case studies, attendees will learn the steps of making graphics, handling data, and will explore various forms and design considerations. Learn how and why infographics are effective by using the elements of color, text, grid structure, hierarchy, and a well-edited message. Exercise your creative thinking and design skills with essential infographic design principles, techniques, and the varied ways of using visual language.

The class will then be prompted to brainstorm, sketch, and design their own graphics using Adobe Illustrator. Data and prompt will be provided, however, students are welcome to supply their own. Group critique will wrap up the day.

Limited class sizes of 8 and experienced instructors mean you will come away with new skills that will help on your creative endeavors.

About the teacher:

Matt Twombly is an illustrator and graphics designer with over 10 years of experience making infographics for magazines. He is a former graphic editor at National Geographic Magazine. For the past 3+ years he has been working freelance for clients including National Geographic, NPR, the National Parks Service, WWF, Scientific American, and Smithsonian Magazine, to name a few.


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