Here's a recent project for Decagon Devices, Inc. I was asked to design and illustrate a number of images for a video being produced by Decagon (which is to say, I was provided with concepts and ideas and I designed the images for them. I didn't create the graphs, though. I just made them prettier). The video deals with the question of whether or not scientists and researchers should average the data they collect.
Here are the concepts:
This project was super fun. I absolutely love the challenge of thinking up images and graphics for complex terms and ideas. I'd be willing to bet this fondness started when I was doing political cartoons back in the day. Political cartoons often involve distilling a complicated idea and or emotion into an accessible image. It's something I always loved to do, even though I didn't always do a great job at it.
The critic in my head is saying, "You're not talking about anything new here. That's just basic design, and it's nothing earth-shattering." Fair play to you, critic in my head, but I still enjoy it immensely. I like thinking about the problem of a design, generating (and usually discarding) ideas, finding a solution that works and then honing that idea into something worthwhile. It's a fun process.
Here are the finals: