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Philippe Heckly
User Experience Designer

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Data Visualization – Information Architecture



2 infographics side by side



Knowledge sharing produced in Africa in 2009

The Challenge

Our librarian and knowledge exchange expert came to me wanting to represent the knowledge that was being shared across the world thanks to our new platform. Eventually this would be better served using an online data visualization tool to make it more interactive and show growth over time.

10 things to know about Kidney disease

The Challenge

The struggle was with the quantity of text and information that needed to be present on a single sheet of paper. Once we worked it out I went through the facts and tried to represent them visually. Using the map as a unifying background allowed me to showcase the under-served groups.

Top ten facts about kidney disease poster

The constraints

The goal was to display “10 things to know about kidney disease” on a sheet that could be printed anywhere without a professional printer so it had to have a white margin. I was looking to avoid too ‘boxy’ a look while playing with a simple grid which helped me position the text.

The result

A colorful poster that the client selected from a few options. It was released on time for the National Day of Kidney Disease Awareness.

Data Visualization

We tend not to read when browsing online, preferring to scan the text instead, looking for the good juicy bits. This is why infographics and data visualization are here to stay as they help anchor the story and bring depth to it.

Program Visual Summary

South Sudan Health Program Infographic

The result of a five-year Health program in South Sudan, the infographic details the outcomes of the program. The difficulty was in the fact that the NGO beyond it is mostly responsible for providing the framework and the training is mostly implemented by local people.

The major outcomes of the program were:

– an increase in engagement and retention from the care givers

– a huge acceptance of vaccination (from 20% to over 70%)

– a major increase health care workers training

– focus on 7 areas of health

South Sudan Health Program Infographic poster

The constraints

I wanted the infographic to work both online and as a poster so I limited myself to fit everything on a tabloid format. Using a grid helped with the placement of the elements, chunking information together until it made sense. The color palette was a challenge, I started with bright colors but found out that limiting myself to 2 color made the piece fall in place by increasing attention to the right elements.

The Result

Editing the data in order to use only quantifiable information while trying to keep it interesting was definitely a challenge. In the future I see myself doing more work like this and learning D3.js to make it interactive.