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The Black Harbor The Black Harbor is an online account of the work, ideas, and inspiration of a tight-nit collective of creatives. Over the years we have created things together, attended school together, fought together, and partied together. We have grown beyond the simplicity of friendship. We are now a family. Our purpose is to celebrates the work of the collective and explore creative work in the world that truly inspires us driving us to be better at what we do. Our hope is that as we document our work, process, lives, and inspiration that you will also be inspired and share your work with us.
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Bill Baird (of Sunset) put out a rad new album this year that is a slight departure from his old stuff. Dig on it
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sunburn32
A playlist created by photographer and artist Eric Carroll relating to his Rayko Photo Center show titled Plato’s Home Movies.
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boats
Your stressed out. You need to chill the fuck out and take this in.
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This album has been doing the trick for me lately. I’m a sucker for anything western and psychedelic.
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Woah supernerd! What do you got against the design of our site? Here's the feed. Geek.

I recently completed two infographics spreads for the travel magazine, AFAR. These spreads are featured in a section of the magazine called “Curious Planet”, and cover one topic through the use of statistics, facts, and illustration. The latest is about… travel. The following is a loose account of the project and how it went from spreadsheet to finished spread in a couple of weeks.

As with the start of most projects it’s helpful to sit down with all involved and come up with a game plan for getting from point A to point B. In the early stages of this project that meant meeting with AFAR and looking over the types of data they wanted to focus on as well as brainstorming other information that might be of interest to their audience. After this initial meeting it’s time to sketch out concepts and possible visualizations of that data while looking at how it all might fit together on the spread.

I’ll usually come up with a few ideas and after some back and forth with the client these loose sketches are refined.

Sketches (even shitty one’s) save time and once I’ve got something that everyone is happy with I’ll take them into illustrator and begin creating the individual elements that will make up the final.

As I get farther along in the illustration process, copy comes in from the writter and all the illustration work starts to move over to InDesign.

A few more rounds of back and forth and we’re ready for proofs, color correcting and shipping. A very fun project with an amazing client!

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  • Fowlerdkay

    I love AFAR magazine and Curious Planet is one of my favorite sections.  Fun to read your process for creating.  Is this the Nov/Dec issue?  Is it on stands now?

  • http://www.okaybeta.com Carl

    @ fowlerdkay If it’s not out right now it’s going to be in a week or so. Glad you’re a fan. They’re great people to work with.

  • Fabricio Freire

    FCKN AWESOME SON! GREAT WORK