The Effects of Music Listening on Chronic Pain
This project focused on information architecture, in which I transform a journal article into a document that is easily readable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
The Process
Original journal article (above)
I began by critically examining the original document (above), which helped plan out my redesign. I developed a typographic system and grid design to create a foundation for the data and text from the scholarly article.
I organized the data in order to make sure the information was sufficient enough to create visuals. I chose the style of graphs and charts depending on what kind and how much data was provided.
The choices I made in this assignment had the goal of emphasizing a composition that included unity, balance, harmony, pattern, and movement. Attention to detail was essential in completing these tasks, because every design choice was justified and always had to have a particular meaning that helps the reader consume the information.
The Redesign
The two typefaces I used were Avenir (medium) for the heading, and Georgia (regular) for the sub-headings and body. I paired these two together because of their strong legibility due to their appropriate balance in width (both thick and thin in style). Body copy is fully justified because this helps avoid typographic errors such as rivers, hyphens, and jagged lines. Additionally, the text is organized into paragraphs, which avoids the risk of intimidating the reader with an overload of information and creates white space. I set tracking to 5em in order to decrease the density of the document.
I boxed headings in order to highlight different sections of the article. This can help the reader scan the document. Similarly, sub-headings are highlighted, however, with a faded shade in order to develop hierarchy between different types of headings. To improve consistency and unity, the charts and graphs use the same or analogous colour schemes as the headings.

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