Upcoming event: November 16, 2018, 6 pm, at Manhattan Chinatown’s Aeon Bookstore 151 East Broadway, NY, NY 10002.
I’ll be reading my piece, “Looking for Old Xi’an” from the Shanghai Literary Review’s anthology, Concrete.
In the last couple of years I’ve been asked to create content for PowerPoint presentations as ancillaries to textbooks for Pharmacy Techs. For this project I gleaned primary points from the text and presented those as bullet points with supporting graphics, also derived from the textbook. In addition, I created chapter summaries and interactive quizzes unique to the PowerPoint deck.
When a client recently asked about someone to do some botanical illustrations, it occurred to me that I used to do all kinds of pen and ink illustrations. In fact, the parrot here was part of my first company logo. If you want a warm, retro look, consider this treatment. Here are some plants, a couple of birds, and a map.
Marie Tharp and her ocean floor maps were an important part of my budding interest in maps and cartography. This article underscores the power of images to educate, which is why I got into this field.
I’ve created maps and graphs for a lengthy and lavishly illustrated book about the North Shore of Lake Superior to be published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2015.
The most complex of these maps, depicting vegetation of northeastern Minnesota appears above. Michael Schmeling of Aridocean.com created the relief base and registered raw vegetation from GIS data to it before I restyled the piece to coordinate with the overall book design.
Vegetation information was originally to appear as part of the section opener maps but these became so complex that the beauty and spatial distribution of the vegetation was lost. We decided to make this a stand-alone graphic.
Those familiar with the geography of northeastern Minnesota can clearly see where hardwoods crown the bedrock ridge running along the lake (the fiery maple-red color was an intentional choice), the turquoise line representing white and red pine along the Iron Range north of Virginia, and the flat boggy area drained by the St. Louis River between Hibbing and Cloquet, represented here by purple and yellow tints.
I also managed the talent of natural history artist Vera Ming Wong, whose watercolors—both accurate and beautiful—will appear in the book.
Here’s a link to the Press’s website.
I recently edited, designed, and produced a series of three educational booklets for patients with the genetic conditions Trisomy X, XXY, and XYY (Klinefelter syndrome) for the nonprofit organization AXYS. The booklets are distributed free of charge to young people with these conditions, and as such they needed to be accessible and appealing. Cartoon illustrations by Harry Briggs http://www.hairballdesign.com/ are fun and casual without being trite or “too cute.”
The booklets were designed to coordinate with the organization’s recently updated website, http://www.genetic.org/
This is a simple project, just completed, for a one-page flyer (print and digital) to advertise a management workshop for a consulting firm. Pictured are the original document—containing all the necessary info but text-heavy and without a unified style—and the reworked version.
The original can be downloaded from the Velas Consulting website:
Click on the red “Learn More” banner to view.
This is the second infographic I’ve produced for the Met Council’s revamped website. It helps explain where the Twin Cities metro area gets its water, the pressures that threaten the region’s water supply, and ways that consumers can help.
I’ve just completed two infographics for the Metropolitan Council, the regional planning authority for the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The purpose of the graphics is to explain the issues that the council has to address with their studies and policies in a way that can be understood by visitors to their website. The challenge is that the information comes from engineers and planners with specialized knowledge that is likely not shared by those who will view the finished art.
The first of the two pieces has gone live and can be viewed by clicking on the red “Learn More” banner on this page: