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Philippe Heckly
User Experience Designer

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Data Visualization – Information Architecture

Infographics Knowledge sharing produced in Africa in 2009 The Challenge Jeff came to me with rough…


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Knowledge sharing produced in Africa in 2009

The Challenge

Jeff came to me with rough drafts and wanted to represent the knowledge that was being shared across the world thanks to our new platform. Eventually this kind of data would be better served using Tableau or any other online data visualization tool to make it more interactive and show growth over time.


The Challenge

The client struggled with the amount of text and information they wanted to present on a single sheet of paper. Once we figured 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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.


Client — Various
Tools — Illustrator, Branding

Data Visualization

Like most people we tend not to read when browsing online but scan the text, looking for the good juicy bits we may find valuable. This is why infographics were a trend I have always liked as a way to quickly share information visually.


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%)

– health care workers training major increase

– 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 I played with the placement of the various 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 bringing 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.