Designing an Olympic ice rink infographic
February 04, 2006
This infographic for Sarasota Herald-Tribune dissects the intricate process of constructing Olympic ice rinks. The detailed graphic, later modified for the web using HTML, CSS, and SVG, provides a deep dive into the engineering nuances behind these frozen arenas.
Ice Rink Construction
Dave Wescott is one of America’s top ice-rink technicians. He has overseen the construction and maintenance of rinks used for hockey and figure-skating competitions in several Winter Olympics. The following infographic explains his construction process.
About the Project
- Research: Understanding the intricacies of an Olympic ice rink construction, from its dimensions to the materials used, was possible because of Dave Wescott’s generously sharing his time and expertise. Interviews with Wescott laid the foundation for a factual and accurate representation.
- Sketching and Ideation: Armed with a wealth of information, the next step was to sketch out some concepts, which allowed me to explore different layout possibilities and visual styles. Sketching also helped determine the infographic’s flow and the key elements to include, such as the various stages of construction.
- 3D Modeling and Rendering: To bring depth and realism to the infographic, 3D modeling was employed. The rendering process added a lifelike quality, making the infographic informative and visually engaging.
- Vector Graphics and Layout Design: Additional elements, created as vector graphics, supplemented the 3D models. Vector graphics ensure scalability without loss of quality. Arranging these elements into an elegant layout required a careful balance between information and aesthetics. The structure of the final composition guides the viewer through the construction process.
- HTML, CSS, and SVG Markup: Taking this project to the next level, I adapted the infographic for web use in this portfolio. Doing so involved converting static elements into responsive components using HTML, CSS, and SVG markup.