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:
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 and marine research techniques. 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 through to features in reports, newsletters, journal articles and on your websites and social media.
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. This involves 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 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/
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/
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!
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.
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