This design was one of the many that, during my time at the Savannah Morning News, often came together on the fly.
I created this information graphic one afternoon after talking with reporter Adam Van Brimmer about the story and how best to illustrate it. The story focuses on the 18th green at Savannah Harbor and this mystique it has about being notoriously difficult.
Originally, Van Brimmer was thinking of pairing just a photo of the green with some facts about the green. After chatting for a while, I sketched out an idea of illustrating the green, showing the difficult areas, and offering some tips on how best to approach. The infographic became a story unto itself and offered readers–and golfers–better insight and clarity that may otherwise have been difficult to explain in traditional story format. Adam said the graphic was well-received by legends tournament officials and numerous readers.
I used Illustrator to create the graphic, set the type, and merge the photo. We didn’t have an aerial photo of the green, so the illustration was crafted from photos of various angles. I used a few Illustrator techniques to breathe a little extra life into the illustration. For instance, I used the gradient mesh to create the contours of the green, and the grain in the rough, sand trap, and dirt was applied using filters.
Client: Originally for the Savannah Morning News
Software used: Illustrator CS4