Each day, the graphics submitted to Visually are examined by our staff for shining examples of good work. The best are given the badge of Staff Pick. The actual requirements for staff pick are flexible, but there is one hardline requirement: staff picks must be exceptional in some way. Being staff picked is an honor for everyone involved in a project, from the publisher, to the writer, to the designer, to the developer. It means that Visually recognizes the project as a shining example of work in the domain of information design and visual presentation.
How is Pasta Made? 4 Crucial Steps was staff picked recently. The title makes you think the process will be oversimplified into four steps, but the designer of this piece — The Infographist for Barilla — didn’t settle for oversimplification.
The piece breaks the four major steps into countless sub-steps, and comprehensively shows how pasta is made, all the way from the farm to the table. In addition, the right column shows data about the resources used in each stage of the process.
The graphic contains a lot of information and shows a fairly complex process, but the layout and spatial relationships help to make the process clear and easy to understand.
This exhaustive approach to depicting a process, combined with refined illustrations of each step, and a good sense of design is what earned this piece its Staff Pick badge.