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Gestalten is excited to travel to Asia this fall to bring our successful workshop series to Singapore. We’ve partnered up with the design thinktank Methodology to host a two-day “Infographic Thinking” workshop with award-winning designer Francesco Franchi.
Over the two-day workshop, Francesco Franchi, a master of information design and the art director of IL–Intelligence in Lifestyle, will give insight into how graphic editors filter information, establish relationships, discern patterns, and develop inspiring and stimulating solutions to contextualize information that simultaneously inspires, informs, entertains and even encourages critical thought.
Workshop participants will be divided into small groups and under Franchi's guidance, produce an infographic for a given topic to be announced at the workshop. Similar to the two workshops hosted in Berlin, one final infographic may be chosen and collaboratively developed further into a feature story to be published as a spread in a future issue of IL–Intelligence in Lifestyle magazine.
“America in Africa: guardia e ladri” (“America in Africa: cops and robbers”), published in IL, September 2012 and “Ayatollah”, published in IL, March 2013 won the Silver Medal for Best Information Graphic at the 2013 Society of Publication Designers (SPD) 48th Annual Award. Both infographic spreads were developed collaboratively between IL Art Director Francesco Franchi and participants of the two “Infographic Thinking” workshops by Gestalten.
The evolution of information stands at the intersection between the visualization and critical interpretation of data. With technology advancing at such rapid speed, and the way we consume and digest information constantly evolving, designers are challenged to embrace new editorial formats, platforms, and visual languages.
An emergence of visual journalists and graphic editors are tackling this task and reinventing news on paper through a new form of journalistic expression. They are creating a narrative language where the content and visuals coexist and work cohesively together to deliver a result that is digestible, informative, and enhances the overall quality of the story. Editorial designers are developing new journalistic styles and conveying their ideas through visual storytelling where texts, headlines, photographs, and infographics are not considered as standalone elements but developed together to create a visual story that allows readers to process and digest this knowledge in an informative and elegant way.
About the host
Francesco Franchi is an editorial and information designer, and since 2008, the art director for IL–Intelligence in Lifestyle, the monthly news magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE, one of Italy’s top financial newspapers. Before IL, he worked as senior designer at Leftloft, a Milan-based design studio developing communication design and infographics for editorial projects.
Embracing new languages in journalism, Franchi is a true master of combining representation and interpretation, creating a visual form that is as graphic as it is narrative, as entertaining as it is informative. His work has been awarded on numerous occasions, including the European Design Awards and at the renowned Malofiej conference. His work is profiled in Visual Storytelling, Data Flow 2, and Turning Pages.
His new book published by Gestalten Designing News: Changing the World of Editorial Design and Information Graphics is now available.