Infographics & Illustrations

Infographics & Illustrations – words and pictures for people

I love to live my life in colour and help others to live a colourful life through my visual storytelling. I use a range of drawing techniques to help people ‘picture their ideas‘ from creating infographics and illustrations to telling animated stories through hand drawn digital drawings. Infographics are like mini ‘visual stories‘ combining text and graphics to visually communicate often complex issues, data and/or information. Today we are bombarded by information, data and signage so infographics are a great way to simplify, grab your attention and tell your story.

To me a great infographic cleverly uses words and pictures so the message or information is easy to understand. An eye catching infographic or wall mural can also be like ‘eye candy’ for the eyes and brain too!! Sometimes clear and simple illustrations can also help to capture the message, idea or concept you are trying to communicate in office spaces, presentations, reports, proposals, posters, templates, journal articles or even on your office walls.

When I picture your ideas I help to make the complex simple and the simple compelling and I can picture any idea, topic or concept from and for the following (both live or pre-post event/project):

  • Presentations
  • Publications
  • Proposals
  • Podcasts
  • Papers (including journal articles)
  • Plenary’s
  • PhDs
  • Policy
  • Team planning days
  • Preparation (for talks, interviews etc)
  • Strategy days
  • Websites
  • Office spaces and walls
  • Phone calls, emails, online streaming services
  • etc….!

The majority of the infographic and illustration work that I do is created remotely with my clients, so everyone can share their stories.

    

An example of infographics and illustrations that have been created for publications, team planning days, fact sheets, proposals, presentations and podcasts

Creating visuals for people, teams and organisations is a Creative Collaboration which takes time due to the interactive and iterative approach I use to ensure the visuals I create reflect the important stories my clients want to tell and share. The process starts with a good conversation about your story and what you want the visual story to say/picture. I then develop mock-ups and together we revise the drawings to create your visual story. OR, you can give me a design brief and I will interpret and illustrate the information to create your visual story.

Please note: I am not a graphic designer and focus all of my creativity on interpreting and synthesising your information and ideas to create unique and tailored hand-drawn infographics and illustrations. You will receive the hard copies of the original drawings to scan and reproduce electronically noting I still retain IP/Copyright of the visuals. A Visual Design Brief outlining the Revisions Policy and the payment schedule is required as part of all of my creative collaborations. And you can see more of my ‘handy’ work below!

Examples of my infographics & illustrations:

Here are some examples of infographics and illustrations I have collaboratively created with a range of clients to help synthesise and summarise often complex issues – from marine spatial planning and using science to inform public policy to animating sediment stories, indigenous heritage values, reef catchment repair technologies, marine research techniques and shark risk management.

The great thing about these infographics and illustrations is that they can be used in a number of formats for different audiences from meetings and conference presentations, posters for community groups and schools, templates, office walls and action walls for group work/activities through to features in reports, newsletters, journal articles, publications and on your websites and social media. I also create tailor-made templates and action boards for group work, meetings and conferences to help inspire ideas!

Wall illustrations (and living murals):

Seeing the BIG PICTURE in work spaces, offices, board rooms, classrooms, events and public spaces is a great way to engage people and take them on a journey. I love creating visual stories which people can see themselves in as it is important in this fast-paced world to put your people in the picture! Below are some examples of my wall illustrations and living wall murals which can be tailored to suit any space and any topic!

Illustrating Innovation

I recently illustrated a wall mural for Powerlink based on the feedback of their staff which I graphically recorded (ie. visualised into words and pictures) and then drew out to create the big picture of their innovation story. The artwork is also a living mural as innovation ‘updates’ can be drawn onto the wall for all staff to see. Thank you to the team of people who helped this creative collaboration come to life. Below are photos illustrating the process of this wall mural:

Step 1: Graphically recording staff feedback on “innovation” at the Powerlink Open House Day

   

Step 2: Mock-up drawings based on a range of information including staff feedback and strategic input to create the visual story of innovation

   

Step 3: The final visual story on the office wall which is also a living mural where staff can provide innovation updates for all staff to see

A wonderful quote from a staff member, “It’s a great illustration – really gets you thinking every time you walk past (which for me is a lot of times each day)!”

The before and after wall:

Infographics:

Infographics are a powerful way of sharing your stories through words and pictures. My infographics are based upon your organisations/team/individual story and I have drawn out a diverse range of topics and issues from strategic plans, stakeholder input, science, regulations, community workshops, Indigenous knowledge, PhDs, publications and front covers, preparation for talks and workshop templates to action and inspiration walls for events and conferences. You can see examples of my hand-drawn infographics and illustrations below.

Water quality and the Great Barrier Reef

It is a great pleasure working with Terrain NRM to help them illustrate the important new ways Wet Tropics farmers in Queensland are working to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef (as part of the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project). This creative collaboration involves me drawing out the following catchment repair technologies which are then transformed into fact sheets for farmers:

  • Denitrification Bioreactors
  • Constructed Wetlands
  • High Efficiency Sediment Basins

Denitrification Bioreactors The first in the series of fact sheets for farmers is bioreactors and the denitrification process, an on-farm technology for removing dissolved inorganic nitrogen from water. Catchment repair technologies like this are being implemented as part of the Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project.

As you can ‘sea’ from the photos below the creative collaboration to create drawings for complex issues such as this is a staged approach which includes me: interpreting the information and science presented, creating the Mock-Ups, illustrating the information in black and white and finishing up with coloured illustrations — which are then turned into informative infographics!

And you can see the fact sheet for farmers here: https://terrain.org.au/projects/wet-tropics-major-integrated-project/program-design-documents/

     

Collaborating with Sue has been a great experience. Her beautiful infographics have brought life and accessibility to complex information“, Monica Haynes, Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project, Terrain Natural Resource Management

Constructed Wetlands The next in the series of catchment repair technologies that I am drawing out for Terrain NRM is ‘Constructed Wetlands’. Constructed Wetlands can trap sediments and remove nutrients, pesticides metals and pathogens in water. And you can see the fact sheet for farmers here: https://terrain.org.au/projects/wet-tropics-major-integrated-project/program-design-documents/

The creative collaboration process starts with ideas and information and is translated and transformed into illustrations to help “picture your ideas“.

High Efficiency Sediment Basins The last in the series of catchment repair technologies that I am drawing out for Terrain NRM is ‘HES Basins’. HES Basins can stop coarse and fine sediment and associated nutrients and pesticides from entering waterways like the Great Barrier Reef. The fact sheet for farmers will be available here soon.

International Conference Workshop Templates:

It was great to be engaged by Sprott Planning & Environment to create some unique templates for the 2018 American GreenPort Congress. My clients are hosting a workshop at the Congress and wanted to engage participants with templates that would be visually appealing and gather their feedback without using the ‘usual’ butchers paper exercise! As you can ‘sea’ the creation of these templates is a staged process working from the initial discussion with my clients through to the creation of mock-ups and then the black and white drawings to the FINAL coloured templates!

     

It was an absolute positive experience working with Dr Sue, as she quickly and accurately captured the technical content of the port industry. We look forward to working with Dr Sue again“. Sprott Planning, Australia

Dr Sue helped us uplift our interactive workshop at the recent GreenPort conference in Baltimore with amazing, creative and colourful mind maps“, Sprott Planning, Australia

Proposals and presentations:

It’s always a great delight for me as a marine scientist to be able to illustrate concepts and information to help managers and stakeholders of our marine resources. Here is a sneak peak of some drawings I have created for a proposal and presentation to help picture the importance of protecting marine biodiversity and managing fisheries in The Coral Triangle.

Community shark management workshops

I was part of a research team carrying out community workshops along the NSW coastline for the NSW Department of Primary Industries to ‘draw out’ beachgoers behaviour regarding sharks. This project focused on “Reducing risk in human shark interactions in NSW: a participatory approach to management and planning”. As a graphic recorder I created visual stories live at community and school workshops to picture ‘Have sharks changed your beach experience‘.

Following the workshops I created visual stories to illustrate the key findings and conclusions of the research. These visual stories will help to draw out the community’s feedback regarding beachgoer behaviour and sharks, as well as provide visual posters for the community groups who participated in this research project so they can ‘sea’ themselves in the picture. More visuals to ‘sea’ here once the Final Report has been finalised, and you can see more about picturing this research project at https://drsuepillans.com/recording/schools-universities/

Action and Inspiration Walls:

It was great to create these simple but very effective Action and Inspiration Walls for a big Conference. These ‘action walls’ were built into the Conference Agenda as a series of group work exercises carried out throughout the day to help inspire ideas. As you can see there were A LOT of inspired ideas for strategy, action and imagine if!

Infographics for publications & presentations:

     

A series of infographics created to illustrate Indigenous Heritage Values in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to be used in Fact Sheets with Traditional Owners and stakeholders (as below).

How my drawings were used in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Information Sheets.

    

Mock-up designs for the front cover artwork of the 2020 QTAC Guide to Further Study with the final front cover artwork below and you can find out more at https://www.qtac.edu.au/about-us/publications?c=qtac-2020-guide&page=1

         

The final front cover artwork for the QTAC 2020 Guide with the QTAC Team!!

Drawings for PhDs, talks, preparations, websites and more!

Drawings created to illustrate the different aspects of a PhD Thesis on creative education, some of which were used in a published article about this research (see below).

   

Illustration created for an International industry Conference presentation/proceedings.

Illustration created for an article on how to use science to inform policy, written and drawn by me!

Icons for websites

Intervention icons created for the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to illustrate the measures being investigated to help protect and repair the Great Barrier Reef which appear on their Reef Restoration and Adaptation website https://www.gbrrestoration.org/interventions

Icons & scenarios for Resumes & Interviews

I create icons and scenarios to help picture resume’s and visualise interview preparations

Listening to interviews/podcasts

Infographic created to help illustrate the health care delivery challenges of the ‘Silver Tsunami’. Created by listening to recorded interviews with health care professionals.

Visual stories can be created just by listening to discussions or synthesising information. A great way to engage your audience, clients and stakeholders remotely!

Conference and workshop illustrations (created on site)

Infographic created for the Plenary talk given by Professor Pete Mumby (University of Queensland) at the CCRES Stakeholder Forum held in Manila, Philippines.

Infographic created for Melanie King, Senior Advisor for the CCRES project, for her Keynote address at the East Asian Seas Congress in Danang, Vietnam.

Hand Drawn Animations:

As hand drawn animations take a considerable amount of time to create with clients this type of visual storytelling needs to be booked many months in advance as I only create a handful of these animated stories per year. These examples show how you can use visuals to bring your stories to life.

Sustainable Sediment Management Story (North Queensland Bulk Ports)

Mud crab sampling in Moreton Bay Marine Park (CSIRO)

Each of my drawings are created in some way with the “help” of my pawsome creative companion!

*Please note the use of my graphics and visuals need to be attributed to me and remain unaltered unless written permission is given as all graphics and images are Copyright © 2020 Dr Sue Pillans 

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