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Axios Editorial Illustration Series and Visual Journalism
Visual Journalism: Trump Tower Moscow
The goal of this project was to investigate Donald Trump's business ties to the Russian government. Working with fellow Axios Visual Journalist Chris Canipe, we decided to focus more specifically on a timeline around the potential Trump Tower Moscow, ranging from the 1980s to the 2016 election and beyond.
Visually, I built the look of the timeline icons using Soviet-era avant garde posters as inspiration, utilizing colors and shapes commonly found in them. The timeline itself involved carefully crafting a hierarchy between the icons, text, and arrows. Lastly, I optimized the timeline for screens from mobile to desktop.
Header Illustration & Timeline
Deep Dive: The Gig Economy
For this Deep Dive, I developed a series of digitally hand-drawn illustrations based off of classic 1940s-1960s advertising. The goal was to contrast a "golden age" of a thriving American middle class--as articulated through campy advertisements--with the less stable and more stressful realities of gig economy work.
Deep Dive: Space
The visuals for this Deep Dive included the repetition of shapes and angles along with a consistent color pallet and similar photo treatments. This visual language resulted in a bold, modern look that helped tell the story of modern space exploration.
Deep Dive: Drug Pricing
For this Deep Dive, I developed a visual language utilizing elements of medicine; pill bottles, caps, prescriptions, and the drugs themselves. My goal was to hone in on these shapes in a simplified but exaggerated form, to create a dynamic and playful visuals series around the otherwise highly serious subject of drug pricing. With this contrast of playful images with serious content, my goal was to articulate the absurdity of a broken system.
Deep Dive: Refugees
I felt this series on the growing refugee crises called for a style that was human-centered, to shift the reader's focus from broad stories of mass migration and political infighting and instead highlight the plight of actual people fleeing their homes. Sourcing image inspiration from Getty photographs of refugees--along with photos of interview subjects our reporters talked to--I created a colorful, simple series of portraits. I finished each illustration with linework to help tell each person's story; a child behind a fence in a refugee camp, a couple attempting to cross a river, a teenager trapped in bureaucratic limbo.
Deep Dive: Privacy
For the privacy Deep Dive, I again wanted to make a series that connected directly with the heart of the subject, which in this case was the fact that issues of internet privacy ultimately concern real people. However, I still wanted to create a look that retained a cool, detached aesthetic. I took black and white stock portrait photography and segmented the photos in different ways to create a look that referenced computer-specific ideas like code and pixels. I then arranged them in alternatively uniform and messy ways to visually represent the loss privacy in the age of the internet.
Axios 8: Eight Races to Watch in the 2018 Midterms
For this project, which focused on specific midterm races around the country, the goal was to create a set of iconographic illustrations highlighting the hot-button issue of each race: the housing market, farming, illegal immigration, etc. I combined shapes associated with ballots (check marks, circles, lines) with a sparse pallet and stock imagery with repeated high-contrast treatments to create a full, cohesive set.
This quarterly newsletter focuses broadly on the stories to watch out for in the near future. My team collaborates on setting a unique style for each, with each of us contributing illustrations to the full series. Below are examples of my contributions to various Trends newsletters.