ILL 210: Technical Illustration and Infographics

Data representation and information design for illustrators

Information design is the practice of creating visual presentations that communicate information for the purpose of instruction. In this online infographics course, you'll explore approaches and concepts in technical illustration and infographics. Working with a skilled illustrator, you'll learn methods for creating instructional illustrations that communicate clearly and effectively.

Illustration | 3 credits | Next Start:
August 26, 2024
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About This Course

Project-Based Learning

Illustration projects requiring data visualization include a range of infographics touching on politics, music, science, and instructional design.

What Skills Will I Develop?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Produce a series of infographics that are easily understood, accurate, and creative.
  • Create effective, well-designed, attractive graphs in Adobe Illustrator, with consistency in style.
  • Construct data visualizations that are easily understood, accurate, and creative.
  • Render effective and attractive presentations combining illustrations and words.
  • Create illustrations with at least one human figure in a relevant style.
  • Apply an understanding of the principles of abstraction, visual hierarchies, and iconography in your work.
  • Apply an understanding of the principles of structure, spacial relationships, and scale in your work.
  • Produce effective and attractive infographics that combine illustrations and words to explain a process.
  • Apply an understanding of the principles of narrative in your work.
What Software and Supplies Do I Need?

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Illustrator CC.
  • Basic experience in drawing and the above software.

Course Instructor(s)

The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course Outline

    1. The Illustration of Information

      What is information design, and what makes it successful or unsuccessful? In this first lecture you'll learn principles for information design: efficiency and clarity.

    2. Visualizing Data

      Data are numbers that record our activity and identities in real life. They detail how we live, how we die, how we eat, how we love, and so many other endeavors. Here we'll explore the conventions of common graphical forms.

    3. Clarifying Visual Information

      In this lecture, you're going to learn about various methods to focus the viewer's attention on what is important. We can make the most stunning infographic in the world, but if the viewer isn't actually seeing the pertinent information, our infographic turns back into a regular graphic.

    4. Structure, Spatial Relationships, and Scale

      When a reader needs to understand a complicated structure or the layout of an area, a visual diagram works best. In this lecture, you'll learn the basics of making visual diagrams, exploring strategies for revealing structure, showing interiors, depicting details, and rendering scale.

    5. Teaching a Process

      Showing a process with infographics puts a temporal sequence of events into one that is arranged spatially. In this lecture, you're going to learn how to use make these kinds of infographics that teach procedures clearly and effectively.

    6. Illustrating Narrative

      When we make infographics and technical illustrations, the reality is that we integrate all of these components to explain different kinds of information. In this final lecture we will deal with principles for building narrative infographics and peek at the future of technical illustration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How Do The Courses Work?

Our courses are project-based and instructor-led. In each course you’ll complete a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills. Weekly assignment deadlines keep you on track, and with no set-logins or Zoom meetings, you can build your studies around your schedule.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our industry-leading faculty of creative professionals. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work. View our Student Gallery for featured student projects.

When Can I Start?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course is completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of Degree and Certificate programs at Sessions College. You can enroll in this course on an individual basis or as part of a program.

Explore our Programs: Bachelor's Degree | Associate Degree | Undergraduate Certificate

How Do I Register?

To register for a program, complete our program application. To register for this course on an individual basis, please contact our admissions team at An Admissions Advisor will contact you to setup your enrollment.

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).