Thursday, April 10, 2014

Video Images


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:


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