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The Seafood Industry's Affect on the World's Oceans

For my infographic assignment, I decided to pick a topic I am passionate about and that relates to my blog theme of Green News. The Seafood Industry’s affect on the world’s oceans is a hot topic in environmental studies today, and one that I have researched heavily for my senior seminar presentation in Environmental Science. Although most of the news associated with this topic is negative and correlates with environmental degradation, there is some hope on the horizon for the future of the industry. This graphic, through the use of Robin Williams’ principles of Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity, briefly portrays the current state of the oceans, how they got to be that way, and the future outlook for the seafood industry and our oceans working in unison.

Probably the most difficult challenge I had with this assignment was the sheer mass of information I wished to convey with a single image. I soon realized, however, that it would be impossible to show everything related to the problems that the seafood industry inflects on our oceans, and thus settled on simply depicting the highlights and a general “big picture”. It may be necessary to zoom to some of the graphs/images to see them fully, but the caption of each image depicts the general message I wished to convey. Prezi.com was a useful tool in creating this infographic.

In this infographic, contrast was implemented with the red title to make it stand out. The repetition of the ocean colored theme was also important to link the readers’ mind to the ocean. Alignment was perhaps the most influential of Williams’ principles in this infographic. From left to right, the image is set up to portray the detrimental things we have done to the ocean, the state of the oceans today, and the outlook for the future. This was the key to this infographic, to portray the information on what has been done to our oceans in the past but also to provide some hope for the future. The principle of proximity was used to create a three column format to help aid the telling of this tale. The right and left columns are angled out, whereas the center column runs straight down, which I thought helped the flow of the overall information. The relationships of the three columns are shown through their proximity; the fact that one column leads to another in sequential step. Each individual column is set up in this manner as well, as each image and caption leads to the next.

Sources (down each column, from left to right):
unitedbyblue.com
montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_gear.aspx
theglobaleducationproject.org
nytimes.com/2006/11/03/science/03fish.html?_r=1
whatisoverfishing.blogspot.com/
oceanconservancy.org/news-room/aquaculture/oc-testifies-offshore-aqua.html
climatide.wgbh.org/2011/02/greener-fish-farming/

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