As mentioned previously, I have decided to use Inkcape because I found it was a lot more user friendly than Adobe Illustrator and it was also free which meant I could download it and use it at home.
So to start of my design process, I chose an image of some weighing scales and uploaded it to Inkscape. I then created a new layer and using the bezier tool, I traced around the image. I added a 0.5 blur on it so the outline wasn’t really sharp. I then took the dial pad from the scales and traced around this.
I then marked out 10 places for each country to go on. I wanted a tape measure to go around the scales with the illusion that the scales were being pinched in. To do this I made the scales to in towards the middle either side and traced a tape measure over the top of the scales layer. I filled the tape measure with a bright yellow colour as I wanted it to be recognisable. I added a thin line of an orange colour to make the edges stand out.
I thought this was going to be really difficult to trace but using the bezier tool and then the nodes tool to curve the edges, it easily become doable. I added some text to the tape measure instead of writing the digits because I wanted the poster question to sit there as it is in the middle of the poster. As you can see from the image below: