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 and animations. 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 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 presentations, publications and posters. Animated drawings really bring your visual story to life and add a lively dimension to the story you are trying to tell.

Below are some examples of infographics, illustrations and animated drawings I have 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 and marine research techniques. The great thing about these infographics, illustrations and animated drawings is that they can be used in a number of formats for different audiences from meetings and conference presentations through to features used in reports, newsletters, journal articles and websites.

Examples of my infographics, illustrations & animated drawings:

Infographic created for the “Conservation for the Anthropocene Ocean: Interdisciplinary Science in Support of Nature and People” (Levin & Poe 2017) which emphasises strategies to better connect the practice of marine conservation with the needs and priorities of a growing global human population. This infographic helped to illustrate the chapter on ‘The Future of Modeling to Support Conservation Decisions in the Anthropocene Ocean’ (as below).


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

Illustration created for an International industry conference presentation

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

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

Hand Drawn Animations

How to “Picture your ideas” (Dr Sue Pillans)

Sustainable Sediment Management Story (North Queensland Bulk Ports)

Mud crab sampling in Moreton Bay Marine Park (CSIRO)

*Please note use of my graphics need to be attributed to me and remain unaltered unless written permission is given as all graphics and images are Copyright © 2017 Dr Sue Pillans 

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