Given my long history with vector graphics and a tendency to nerd out over statistics, it’s no surprise that infographics are always some of my favorite projects.
K-12 Legal Issues
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
This infographic, showing a close-to-exhuastive list of topics Saul Ewing has covered in the K-12 education industry, had been a constantly-evolving piece since even before I was hired. As attorneys joined and left, and new practice areas were formed or retired, each section needed to change (often with little advance notice).
As a result, my job was wrangling years of individual stock and custom components to arrive at the then-final piece here (carefully date coded to differentiate it from the dozens of other versions over my tenure). The Construction and Higher Education practices had their own variants as well, each with a new list of required buildings and scenes.
CRW Graphics, being a full-service printing company, has a lot of equipment. Offset, digital, and large-format printers as well as envelope folders, stichers, die machines, and more all have a home on their shop floor, humming away 24/7. They take a lot of pride in their mechanical power and capabilities, so explaining a warehouse full of heavy machinery is an everyday task for most of the company.
So why settle for a boring spec sheet when you can walk through every step of a job? Big numbers are great for competition, but mean nothing to the average client. CRW needed to explain each machine’s part in the process. And when you work for a printer, why not do it in a 24” trifold in vivid digital color, produced in-house from start to finish?
Nailing every layer of color, running graphics across delicate folds in thick stock, CRW throws the gauntlet down in dozens of ways across this piece, and I got to push every machine’s limits. Following a piece across the factory floor wasn’t out of the ordinary for me, but putting the whole shop through its paces was a rare treat.
Opportunity Zones Primer
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
To jump-start investment in “economically distressed” areas of the country, in 2017 the US government started offering hefty tax incentives to developers. Saul Ewing, experienced in both real estate transactions and tax, were perfectly placed as experts in the field.
But first, as with most corporate tax programs, a bit of explanation was necessary.
Starting from a copy doc and excel list of state totals, I was tasked with creating a full page of bite-sized information chunks for non-technical clients. Large type, color-coded sections, and familiar maps keep things simple, and Saul’s expanded brand colors (one of my early tasks on the job) help to make the whole composition consistent.
The added benefit of chunking all this data so distinctly was that each bit was easily converted to other uses, from presentations to article sidebars to social media.
The initial graphic for the Baltimore office was such a hit that the firm’s two Florida locations soon wanted their own as well.
Bringing together thousands of patients of hypoparathyroidism from 70 countries, the HypoPARAthyroidism Association is a powerful force of support. In mid-2020 they released the results of their Voices of Hypopara survey, examining the condition’s global reach and the difficulties of hypopara patients in everyday life. I was tapped to visualize the survey’s findings in a series of Facebook posts.
The resulting infographics went out as part of the lead up to World Hypopara Day, from May 31st to June 1st.
As of June 10th, they’ve garnered:
33,002 impressions 2,809 engagements(reactions/shares/comments) 1,891 clicks to the landing page
Traditional sports may have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, but esports (professional gaming) are poised to pick up their slack. As one of the biggest global esports organizations, the Overwatch League has been putting up garish viewership numbers since its inception in 2018, and spawned a number of legendary players in just over two full seasons.
Perhaps most interestingly, they’ve made all player stat tracking public, with open access to their database software. Like many others, I’ve been slicing up the data to find standout performances and who’s leading this young league. This has also been great practice in sports design, a field that I’ve had on my radar for most of my professional life.
This first round is all about career totals, which are pretty eye-popping for a two-year-old league. Fun fact: The only team on these lists to win a championship is only listed once, at #4 (San Francisco Shock, with Nam-joo "Striker" Kwon).