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[UIUC] MACS364: Food Networks - S2014

Anita Chan, Author

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When I was designing my infographic, I wanted it to be easy to read but at the same time packed with facts. I made the theme of my infographic “Did you know?” My main message I was trying to convey is to citizens of Illinois, as well as the rest of the United States. I wanted to give people from Illinois an idea of what food products are produced from farming in our state. The infographic also shows that Illinois does make up a big part of dairy and crop production in the big scheme of things in the United States.

I included facts about Illinois farming that I thought would be beneficial for my audience to read and know. I made sure to include lots of color to catch the reader’s eye. I kept my pictures and icons simple and tried to avoid overlapping them so that they were clean and simple. I kept my sentences short and sweet and to the point and avoided excess description in order to keep my design user friendly. I took a lot of time rearranging my pictures and words and re-sizing them to make the page look balanced.

Illinois Agriculture:

An overview of the
state's diverse agriculture industry
, Page 8

THINKING Outside the
Jug By Jessica Mozo
, Pages 24-25


There are a few things I believe Nestle would want me to include in my infographic that I was lacking. In part one she discusses how dairy used to make people sick because cows were infected. Today’s public health measures, including pasteurization, are taken for granted according to Nestle. I think she would want me to put some statistics from before pasteurization was utilized and compare them to the rates of food-borne illness due to dairy today. In my opinion, consumers would not take pasteurization for granted if they knew how often people got sick before.

Since the dairy industry basically works with all freshly made foods that usually need refrigerated or preservation, I think Nestle would also want me to include some tips to avoid food-borne illness. These methods include acid, salt, freeze-drying, alcohol, and sugar. I think she would like me to make it clear that although cooked foods kill microbes, they do not remain sterile. She would also want me to add basic procedures like hand-washing and dish-washing, as well as avoiding cross contamination. Overall, I think she would be happy with my design since the colors contrast, my fonts are big enough and easy to read, and the graphic isn't too crowded.


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