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. For this creative collaboration to work a Revisions Policy and part-payment plans are in place. 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.

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)

 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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