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Assignment 5: Illustrator – Advanced Graphical Features

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Short Description:

An advanced knowledge of a powerful graphic design tool like Illustrator is not necessary to make graphs that have impact while retaining clarity of information. For this assignment, you will use the graph tool to create and modify some familiar data. You will also learn how to create your own markers for use in design graphs. You will learn the difference between sliding markers and repeating markers, making an appropriate graph for each. You will export these three graphs to a Word document in preparation for publication.



    • Re-make “Operating Profit/Loss” Graph for
    • Create a sliding marker appropriate for a column graph and apply it
    • Create a repeating marker appropriate for a column graph (different than your sliding column graph) and apply it
Technology Features – Your results will include:
    • One Word document that contains three bitmap graphs
    • The markers should be of appropriate size and detail, axes should use appropriate significant digits, and text labels should indicate title, vertical axis, break-even point, legend information and reference (if applicable)
    • The graphs should contain accurate data and provide impact while maintaining clarity, and should comply with the design rules as expressed by Tversky, Tufte, and Wainer
    • The first graph should use appropriate “Operating Profit/Loss” information from the table used in Assignment #2: Use data from all 3 years separated into quarters (12 quarters total). For our purposes, Operating Profit/Loss = Total Profit – Total Expenses where profit is 15% of the total sales. This should be a running total.
    • The break-even point should be clearly marked in your graph; it is up to you as to how you choose to mark it. Remember, the break-even point is when your cash flow goes from negative to positive.
    • Assume that Year 1 is complete and uses ‘real’ data, while Year 2 and Year 3 use ‘projected data’. Indicate this difference by using a solid line for the first 4 quarters of data and use a dashed line for the remaining 8 quarters. Smooth all of the lines by changing the line segments into curved segments (which is more realistic). Add an inconspicuous legend that defines the meaning of these lines.
    • Your sliding graph and repeating graph should contain at least 8 data points. Markers should reflect the meaning of the graph and be easily recognizable. Choose “real-world” data from a topic that interests you (Hint: search trade magazines and websites that are relevant to your field) and provide the reference for the data in the lower-left corner of your graph. Save all your graphs as separate “.jpg” bitmaps. Create a Word file and insert your graphics.
Objectives of this assignment
    • Provide further practice with the Illustrator interface, drawing tools, and graph tool
    • Practice design graph creation using different kinds of markers
    • Practice drawing manipulation and emphasis techniques
Other Tips
    • If you have created your graph correctly, the break-even point should occur during the 1st quarter of the 3rd year.

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