Category Archives: Recent Work

Icon design

A couple of before and after for icons that I worked on for ‘The Good Ancestor: How to think long term in a short-term world’ by Roman Krznaric, launched this week.

Showing the ideas that were sketched out after discussions and brainstorming between Roman and myself.

icons for tog of war graphic showing long term and short-term thoughts

final icons for tug of war graphic

icon sketches for deep democracy

final graphic icons for deep democracy graphic

Always good to see how things develop and finalise at the final stage. More to come…

25 July 2020

The Sketching Process

My latest infographic for Scientific American has been released and this month they are making the issue free to read. Go to https://lnkd.in/gVMCHtz to see my graphic looking at Planet Hunting. Always a pleasure to work with Jen Christiansen and Meredith MacGregor.

This month I thought I would share the video of the sketching process I went through after I had read the copy, re-read the copy, doodled and taken notes,  finally asking many questions to Jen and Meredith. At that stage I was pretty certain about what we were all trying to achieve in the graphic.

The graphic and video are below. These show my sketching process and build up to the ‘final sketch before committing to the final drawing completed in Illustrator.

03 June 2020

The drug market during the Covid-19 pandemic

New report with EMCDDA and Europol

Last week the EMCDDA and Europol published their latest report on the impact Covid-19 is having on the drug markets. I worked with the agencies on the graphics side of the report. Click on the report cover to download it but here are a couple of the graphics in preview.


03 June 2020

Graphics for upcoming book

Work update…

The past few weeks I have been producing graphics with Roman Krznaric for his forthcoming book The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World  It will be published by Penguin in June, but I will keep you updated with its progress. A fascinating and a great read, especially in these times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More updates to come later, in the meantime stay safe, stay home and stay healthy.

From sketch to infographic

I always sketch my ideas to help me to understand the subject matter, to come up with concepts and ideas for the visuals, and to be able to look back and see what my thoughts and ideas were. Here are a few from a recent commission from Scientific American, published in the November 2018 issue on the subject of gravitational lensing.

     

 

  

 

18 December 2018

Flourish

I have been using Flourish.app for a few weeks now and thought I should showcase some of the chart types it has and what you can do with it using a small data set from the NHS, looking at hospital admissions from drug use.

Same data just different ways of using it and showing what is going on using the stories format.

Source: https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30210

Recent work

Lots more recent work over on my blog
But here are a couple of things I have had published lately

These are my latest for BBC Future Now looking at methane gas

BBC FutureNow

BBC FutureNow -Methane gas reserves

This from Anthropocene magazine looking at forest land area and carbon emissions

New report by EMCDDA and EUROPOL
“Drugs and the darknet”. The report presents how darknet markets function, the threats they pose to health and security and how Europe can respond.

BBC Storyworks and JaguarUSA Jaguar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a while not being able to show anything, I have a couple of graphics that have recently been published.

These from the latest issue of BTO news

and this from BBC Earth (click the image for a large! version

 

thanks for looking and more to come soon

Global Carbon Budget 2016 – updated infographic

I recently had the opportunity to work again with Corinne Le Quere of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on updating an important graphic on the global carbon budget.

I worked on this last year and it was proposed to update the graphic to keep with the original style. Updating the data and storytelling between the signing of the Paris agreement last year and the Marrakesh plan of action this year. The graphic was launched at the Marrakesh COP22 conference on climate change.

Here’s 2016 version…

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plus last years version as a comparison

Global Carbon Budget 2015

Global Carbon Budget 2015

06 Dec 2016

 

Latest work for Scientific American

Once again I have just managed to get my hands on the latest SciAm issue for August.

Jen Christensen (Senior Graphics Editor)  commissioned me to produce a couple of charts for the feature ‘Health check for Humanity’ looking at cancer rates and chronic kidney disease int he developing world. Pleased to see them in print and to be amongst other great illustrations and graphics.

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Chronic Kidney Disease Cancer rates in developing world

18 August 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Migration routes of the Cuckoo

Cuckoo graphics

I am working with the good folks at the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) on some of the graphics across their wide range of publications in print and online.

Cuckoo BTO

Yesterday their latest research ‘Cuckoo declines linked to migration routes to Africa was published in Nature Communications.

To coincide with the publication I produced a graphic for the publication online showing the different routes used by the tagged Cuckoos on their way to Africa and back.

Cuckoo migration graphic

For sharing on social media we also produced an animated gif showing the same information. This was produced to be readable on a mobile screen and a useful thing to do for promotional purposes. The animation doesn’t work here so please look at pic.twitter.com/Fkj2dEP1lC

Cuckoo_Migration4

pic.twitter.com/Fkj2dEP1lC

Thanks to all at the BTO including Mike Toms and Viola Ross-Smith for all their help and a great paper.

NIgel