INTERACTIVE: The Politics of Food Stamps
The separation of food stamps from the farm bill is a hotbed issue within the walls of congress. I wanted to break down how changing the SNAP program would effect people at a congressional district level and show what districts needed the most help.
INTERACTIVE: Bachelor’s Degrees by Metropolitan Area
We were looking for a way to show cities that have improved their standing with college graduates. We came up with this bubble chart with a search so the reader can find his or her city.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Gender Gap
National Journal/The Next Economy, Created in Adobe Illustrator.
I was tasked to do a graphic about the gender gap. Naturally, I began my research by focusing on the wage gap, but I was surprised to find that the divide occurs in every sector the Census surveys. I kept the colors as simple as possible by representing women with yellow and men with black.
INFOGRAPHIC: Limited-English Proficiency
National Journal/The Next America, Created with Adobe Illustrator and ArcGIS.
We wanted to figure out a way to show where newcomers from other countries were settling in the U.S. Working with reporters on the story, we decided the best way to show that would be through data about people who don’t speak English very well. Through my research I found that the Census has a measurement that shows when English spoken at home is “less than very well.” I used MSA data because county data was incomplete.
INFOGRAPHIC POSTER: The Space Shuttle Program
National Journal/nationaljournal.com, Created with Adobe Illustrator and LightWave.
I wanted to create a scrolling poster for the web and thought the ending of the space shuttle program would be a fun project for that style. LightWave has a shuttle model that ships with the program, which made the project quick and enjoyable.
INTERACTIVE: Battlegrounds 2012
INTERACTIVE: Inside Obama’s West Wing
National Journal/nationaljournal.com, Created with LightWave and Adobe Flash.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Waterfront Revisited
The Tampa Tribune, Created with LightWave, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator.
In 2009, this plot of land in downtown Tampa was set to become the city’s crown jewel park. After looking at photos from other eras, I knew this area had played a significant role in the development of the city. I found some detailed maps of the city from the turn of the century and went from there. I decided to stack the art so that readers could follow along seamlessly through different eras and also track changes with the center timeline.
INFOGRAPHIC: The Great Auto Race of 1909
The Tampa Tribune, Created with LightWave and Adobe Illustrator.
I came across an old worn-out metal sign in downtown Tampa that marked the finish of the “Great Auto Race of 1909.” When I went online to find out more information, there wasn’t any to be found. Still, I knew it the 100-year anniversary of the race was a great graphic idea. I looked through old newspaper clippings in the historian’s microfiche and found the towns racers traveled to and compared them to a 1909 Sanborn map of Florida. I also found the type of cars used and modeled the car illustration off photos.