There are a lot of ways to animate things on the web. There are even more ways to create animations then export to web animations.
There are huge benefits to designing animations in something like AfterEffects or Animate CC (which can both import Illustrator and Photoshop files) for the obvious reasons of division of labor and use of a graphical editor.
It's closest to a view called a three-quarters view, a type of axonometric projection, in between a side view and top down one. It's "[a] method of portraying three dimensional space in a two-dimensional plane ... [very] popular during the 16-bit era for JRPGs." source.
It's still used in games today because of the high performance and artistic draw.
The purpose of a timeline is to show how the dots (or events in your case) break the line, so no need to squeeze the dots inside the line. Also adding bananas or cherries at the ends of the line and a pattern behind all this can affect the meaning and visibility of the actual break points.
I would decrease the thickness of the line and make the dots larger, ...
How did they do this without computers?
They used rulers. If you exclusively know how to draw with a computer: that's a straight edged object, to help guide a pen or pencil into a straight line.
For really advanced technical drawings, such as the curve graph example, there were templates with different curves (elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic):
There were ...
There are a few ways to create the gradient effect, but this is how I would do it...
Create the hexagon shape out of 6 triangles:
Then apply different gradients to each triangle:
Finally mask parts of the triangle gradients with hexagons (solid for the middle, strokes for the others):
@Yisela recommends Gnumeric. I would also recommend looking at LibreOffice.
What I've done in the past is:
Create my tables in LibreOffice Writer, applying formatting such as row borders, cell spacing, and so on.
Copy the table, open up LibreOffice Draw, and paste the table as a "LibreOffice Text Document" using "Paste Special".
Select just the table.
Use the 'Warp' feature in Illustrator (for vector artwork)
create your artwork inside a straight rectangle
group and select the artwork
with this selected, hit Ctrl+Shift+Alt+W which opens up the 'Warp Options' dialog (or via the menu 'Object → Envelope Distort → Make with Warp')
select the 'Arc' style and type '13.889%' in the 'Bend' field (25° is 13.889 ...
These type of illustrations are known as isometric illustrations, can design these easily on Adobe Illustrator with the help of Isometric grid, which can be downloaded here Isometric grid.
Isometric projection is a method for visually representing three-dimensional objects in two dimensions.
It's not truly perspective. It's an artistic interpretation of a 3D element, but not adhering to any mathematical perspective grid.
The closest to a true type perspective would be one point perspective.
It could also be considered foreshortening outside of the perspective context.
The style of embedding illustrations within a text block or floating on a page of a book surrounded by text or other design items is not a characteristic of the illustration itself.
The illustrations themselves simply have no background. The images "float" on a featureless background. You might say they are "in limbo." Often, normal square framed ...
In all kinds of drawing, a formalised methodology has been attempted for centuries (ref. The Vitruvian man). Rules and guidelines for proportions of the human body etc. have been drawn out for the use in architecture and art (and in some cases to hunt for the magic golden section). This, in a way, is an engineering approach to imagery: laying down basic ...
Engineers and scientists of different branches used to have drawing classes on their curriculum. Many of these people were quite accomplished at this.
We used to have row upon row of drawing boards in the classrooms in the design/engineering departments. The drawings were drawn with pencil and then inked for final results. They would then be reproduced on ...
These small simplified images representing things are called pictograms (they're sometimes called icons but that also makes implications about how they are used). See also What do you call these infographic icons? which discusses a different style of the same thing.
You can browse thousands and thousands of pictograms like that at the noun project, and ...
I don't think this illustration follows any of the strict formal Cartesian perspective models. If you try to find a vanishing point using edges that would have been parallel in the "real world" you will notice that there is none.
The front of the car seems to follow, loosely, a one point perspective model. The rest of the car, though, follows an isometric ...
For twigital the designer(Chris) used Illustrator, a grid and the 3D Rotate tool. Notice it has presets for isometric rotations.
If you need more than what Illustrator provides by default, try the CADtools plugin for Illustrator, which provides tools for isometric drawing and dimensioning.
I've got a few more resources to share.
Based on this tutorial I'...
I won't directly answer the question, I will, instead suggest an alternate workflow. The benefit of this workflow is that it is guaranteed that you will not get this problem.
First build a isometric grid. Make vertical lines and rotate the field 2 times with 120 degree offset. Tip: If you make the lines uncolored then you can just directly color the image.
Practice, practice, and more practice is the overall message here. But it must be meaningful. When I say that I mean setting achievable goals either on a daily basis or weekly (draw one icon, draw one character). Let your mind and ideas flow to completion and remove all evaluation until the work is completed. From there you can work out areas where you need ...
This will be a totally obvious answer.
The same way as old illustrations. Practice.
We are living in an era where the information, tutorials, tips, tools are there, but somehow we hesitate a lot on just doing it.
The tools are the same as they have been from centuries. Perspective, concept, style, color.
The specific styles of gradients have been used in ...
I don't feel the colors "jump out" in any way. I think the contrast ratio is far too low. for everything other than the darkest blue. In fact,that light blue and light yellow are nearly impossible to see. The variation between the darker blues is so minute, one would need to be specifically looking for that aspect to pick up on it.
If it were my work, I'd ...
Illustrators are people who do illustration, like how designers are people who do design.
If your question is essentially "What is 'illustration', and how is it different to graphic design?", that's a good question. It's a difficult one to define. Most people just have a gut feeling for where the line is between graphic design and illustration. My ...
From my own experience in broadcase, we often refered to these as "cut-out" and refered to the process of making a cut-out as "close-cutting".
If you go on stock photography sites, you will find this term often returns the kind of image you are looking for. Also, "isolated" is a keyword often used to describe these.
On many of the stock photo sites, you can generally obtain the watermarked version of the image for free. The idea is that you wouldn't use the watermarked version in production and that it's simply just for the mock-ups. For the final version of your design, that will head to production, you would then purchase the non-watermarked versions and then replace ...
Since you mention Excel, something you could do is use Gnumeric to import your .xls files into it, and from there export them as SVG. Unlike Excel, Gnumeric has more export options that would allow you to create more complex elements without having to actually draw them on Inkscape.
There is also an extension for Inkscape called NiceCharts that is good for ...
You will have to forgive my immensely crude mockup, but just trying demonstrate some ideas:
Edit: since you added that this will be a hommage to your son, remember the old saying: everything looks good in a frame. This is true; and you could stylize it:
Don't scrap the coloring outside the lines, I think that's important otherwise it looks chopped out of context. But I'd lose some of the random marks that exist only outside the brain.
Color is important; think about splitting it into color groups and using Hue/Saturation/Value adjustments. A lot of our perception of an image comes from color....
Tough question. I'm not sure my answer is the best and I'm sure there will be other good suggestions, but my first thought was to use each condition's ribbon or color(s).
I would assume that most of these conditions have a ribbon (pink = breast cancer, green = mental illness, etc.).
Down's, for example, is blue/yellow.
I'm not saying that you should use ...
This will give you a flat color version:
Create one hexagon
Ctrl+C copies it to clipboard
Ctrl+F duplicates the shape (aka. Paste in Place)
scale up either one of these 2 hexagons until it looks right
Ctrl+A selects both shapes
Go to 'Object → Blend → Blend Options' and choose 10 Specified Steps (or as many as you want in between)
Ctrl+Alt+B makes the blend