When given an infographic project during one of my 400-level graphic design classes at USM, I had a hard time wrapping my head around what I wanted to do. If my memory serves me correctly, this was my first 400-level class in college, so I’m sure I was scared out of my mind. I had never heard of an infographic, at the time, so I had a lot of catching up to do with the rest of the class.
I spent a lot of time at the beginning of the project simply researching infographics. Coming up with what I found interesting while mentally making a list of elements that worked and didn’t. Now that I had a grasp on the basics of infographics, it was time to come up with a topic to collect data on.
As I do with most of my art projects, if I can incorporate music in to it I will. That’s where the idea of “Radio Domination” came from. I decided to collect all of the #1 hit songs on radio from September 1988 (my birth month) to January 2011 (the month I was working on this project). After collecting the data, I created a category system and attributed styling to each category. If a song was classified as R&B it got a purple circle, Rock – yellow, Rap/Hip-Hop – blue, etc. With all of the elements and data in place, I created the graphic you see below. It’s pretty interesting to see what genres of music have been the most popular throughout my life. It also displays some pretty interesting trends in popular music.