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Historic Venice

Comparing the famous city’s past and present.

SUMMARY

During fall semester of 2018, I attended the Visual Discovery Conference. While there, I worked within a team of international design students to create an infographic that compared historical maps with current data.

To make our research more focused, we chose to examine a small neighborhood on its own island in the heart of the city. The Campo Del Ghetto Nuovo neighborhood has had a very storied past and still has many of the same structures that it did in 1818. I loved the combination of design and history we got to explore throughout this project.

THE TASK

Create an engaging, interactive infographic that compares data from two maps, one from 1818 and one from 2018. Create the infographic as though it will be used on a touch screen in a museum. The infographic should clearly show the viewer the difference between the types of businesses in the neighborhood in 1818, and the type of businesses that are currently there. This was our final product:

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live by the government of the Venetian Republic throughout various parts of history. The Venetian Ghetto was instituted on 29 March 1516.

Today, the neighborhood is the center of Jewish life in the city. The Jewish community of Venice is culturally active. Every year, there is an international conference on Hebrew Studies. Other conferences, exhibitions and seminars are held throughout the course of the year. The neighborhood today has a great sense of community.

TOOLS

We used a variety of tools to pull the project together. Our team was cross-disciplinary including a sketch artist and a digital painter. Our tools are listed below.

  • ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
  • ADOBE INDESIGN
  • ADOBE XD
  • ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR
  • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
  • 3-D MODEL OF NEIGHBORHOOD (FOUND IN LOCAL MUSEUM)
  • GOOD OLD FASHIONED PENCIL AND PAPER

SKETCHES

MAPPING IT OUT

Take a look at the development of our map and how we showed where the neighborhood is located within the city.

FINISHED PRODUCT

Click here to see the finished product on Adobe XD.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

This project was challenging for a few reasons. One, we had to complete it within 2 and half days. This created a really intense timeline and decisions had to be made quickly. It was a great, fast-paced way to learn the importance of creativity on a deadline. Another thing that made the project challenging, yet ultimately really rewarding, was how we had to communicate our ideas with each other through language and culture barriers. Although Carina and Bastian spoke English, there were some more abstract design ideas that were hard for all of us to effectively get across easily.

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