Diana Nyad’s Incredible Dream Swim
A little while ago I came across the story of this incredible feat, and more importantly, this incredible woman. Since I absolutely hate swimming, the story was even more mind-boggling to me! I then read Diana Nyad’s book, Find a Way, which enabled me to see achieving your goals in a whole new light. I created this infographic for fun (as I want to move into this area of design) and thought it would be a worthy challenge. Plus, of course, hopefully draw attention to her accomplishments and iron will.
Visual Communication - 90%
Design - 85%
Content/Script - 95%
Usability - 95%
This infographic highlights a swimmer's journey from Cuba to Key West: the setting, the perils, the attempts, and the victory. Beginning with an image of someone in a swim cap and goggles sets the scene. The subtle wavelike background, oceanic color palette, and the use of maps, metaphor, hierarchical typography, and illustration all help the viewer to understand the information visually. The viewer can glean a lot just from looking rather than reading. It is a bit overwhelming how large the numbers "103" and "3,568" are in comparison to any other copy on the infographic, including the title and section headers. While they are arguably the most impressive numbers in the content, the proportion feels a bit much. Additionally, the visual of a swimmer crossing a pool 4 times to represent 3,568 laps is a bit confusing, catching the eye to try and discover the connection. That said, this infographic is a solid example of communicating visually and letting text take a backseat in most cases. We'd give this an A!