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 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.

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 create all of my infographics and illustrations by hand, so you will receive the hard copies 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 & animated drawings:

Here are some examples of infographics, illustrations and animated drawings 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 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 in reports, newsletters, journal articles and on your websites and social media.


Denitrification Bioreactors

It was 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. This involved me drawing 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, and this is the first in a series of drawings I am creating with Terrain NRM so they can produce Fact Sheets for farmers.

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 will be turned into informative infographics!


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

…FACT SHEET of the Bioreactors and Denitrification process coming 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!


The visual in the foreground is the Master Template to show Workshop participants how the three templates fit together into the story of “Improving Environmental Performance and Sustainability for Ports, Terminals & Shipping“.

SEE how the workshop templates were used by International delegates at the GreenPort Congress!

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).


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.


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

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.


Illustration created for an International industry Conference presentation.

Illustration 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)

 Works in progress:

Stay tuned here for a sneak peak at my next creative collaboration (…with my little 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 © 2018 Dr Sue Pillans 

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