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Portfolio Brief

Information Design

 Time limit: 15 hours

Create a schedule for this brief, then use your visual timer to keep things on track.

 

Explanation

In this final portfolio brief, you have 15 hours to apply your learning about information design to create an infographic about the language of food crises.

These facts and figures were put together by Oxfam  , an international charity that fights against poverty. If you’re unsure how to begin, go back and review the information design assignments in Part 5.

Instructions

Carefully read the brief below, and then use what you’ve learned to complete the listed deliverables.

The Brief

Background

Oxfam is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. Across regions, from the local to the global, we work with people to bring change that lasts.

The project

The charity have asked you to design a one-page infographic using the facts and figures provided below. The purpose of the infographic is to increase people’s awareness of food crises, and what different terms mean.

Requirements

  • All of the copy, facts, and figures provided below should be included in the design.
  • Your design should make the definitions as clear as possible.
  • Illustrations, icons, and simple charts can be used to support understanding.
  • You can choose any colour palette and any fonts, but you should make these choices in light of your research into the charity, its values, and its work, as well as your learning about colour and typography in Parts 4 and 5.

  • The design should include a prominent call-to-action at the bottom of the page — the text for this is also provided below.

Deliverables

  1. Idea generation notes
  2. Research notes on Oxfam, its work, and its values
  3. One or more moodboards that capture your intended graphic design direction
  4. A range of thumbnail sketches to explore different layouts
  5. A full-size sketch of your intended design
  6. A digitised version of your design, created in either Figma or InDesign
  7. A PDF export of your design
If you have time:
  1. A second version of your design for live presentation. Stay in Figma or InDesign, but create a new version that uses a landscape page format, with the information split across five slides (pages).

Content to include

Infographic content

[Oxfam logo]

[Title:] Let’s talk about hunger

[Subtitle:] Confused about the language of food crises? Learn how to spot them early and understand how your action can save lives.

Food security

When all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an acive and healthy life.

  • Less than 5% of the population is acutely malnourished
  • People have a means of earning an income
  • More than 15 litres of water per person per day
  • More than 2,100 calories per person per day; consistent quality and quantity of food available

Food insecurity

When people’s access to food is minimally adequate and they have trouble meeting their basic needs.

  • 5-10% of the population is acutely malnourished
  • People have no sustainable means of earning an income
  • About 15 litres of water per person per day, but unstable
  • 2,100 calories per person per day; barely adequate diet

Acute food and livelihood crisis

When there is a critical lack of access to food coupled with high levels of acute malnutrition — or when people can meet minimal food needs only by selling essential possessions.

  • 10-15% of the population is acutely malnourished
  • Serious interruption to the means of earning an income
  • 7.5-15 litres of water per person per day
  • Unable to meet 2,100 calories per person per day without extreme measures; limited food choices

Humanitarian emergency

When there is a severe lack of access to food, high and increasing acute malnutrition, excess deaths, and people face an irreversible loss of their means of earning an income.

  • 15-30% of the population is acutely malnourished
  • Critical and irreversible interruption to the means of earning an income
  • 4-7.5 litres of water per person per day
  • Less than 2,100 calories per person per day; access to 3 or fewer food groups

Famine

When people face a complete lack of access to food and other basic needs, and experience mass starvation, death, and destitution.

  • More than 30% of the population is acutely malnourished
  • Complete loss of the means of earning an income
  • Less than 4 litres of water per person per day
  • An extreme shortage of calories per person per day; access to 1-2 food groups

To learn more about food crises and how droughts, conflicts, and other hazards can trigger them, visit oxfamamerica.org/hunger

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In conclusion...

Congratulations! You’ve completed the final graphic design portfolio brief. Remember, discussion and peer support is always available over in our Slack workspace  .

In the next assignment, briefly reflect on the process of designing this infographic.

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Last updated 7 June 2021

 

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