Numbers package for a story about highway work-zone crashes. Would have liked less tables and more visual elements, but space was tight and resources were limited. I had to put this down to work on graphics following the events at the Boston marathon. The Ohio Insurance Institute reposted this on its Facebook page and website a few days later for National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
I also wrote the story that ran with this charticle on flavonoids, which contribute to what makes healthy food so healthy.
I created an interactive graphic which you can find at the top of this in-depth report on the varying electricity rates in Ohio. The print graphic was made by my colleague Aaron Harden.
In light of the gun-control debate after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., we ran a story looking at gun sales and a graphic looking at background checks for firearms sales. The most interesting information, to me, was the denials data at the bottom. I wish we could have broken down those numbers by state, but they weren’t available that way. It would have been a nice layer to run with the interactive version.
I received a long list of numbers for this story, which was broken out into three pieces: enforcements; victims and offenders; prevention. Here’s one of those stories where you want to make sure the relationship between the numbers is clear and has meaning. Here you can see the juxtaposition of mostly older male offenders to mostly young female victims was and the how the majority of offenders had some familial relationship to the victim.
Here the numbers focus on the enforcement of child sex abuse cases. The dominant chart required some consideration. I first thought about use pictographs, with people figures, but the shapes and colors made the resulting image look, strangely enough, kind of crowded. I opted for a simpler shape which still allowed each piece to stand out but conveyed parts of a whole.
With a story on the enforcement of speeding tickets, a quick by the numbers.
This was assigned pretty late in the day for a daily story about Carbon Monoxide Safety Awareness Week. I was surprised that there wasn’t one in the archive, but was glad to take on something more illustrative.
It seemed almost fated that I should make this graphic for our own story since I had just read about gout from New York Times' writer Frank Bruni. I became fascinated by it because of its correlation to diet that wasn’t necessarily due to obesity (those health-related stories are so rare these days).
I really wanted the headline to be some kind of pun referring to “If a tree falls in the forest, does anyone hear it?” All I could think of was “Ya heard?” which, as you can see, was not accepted by the editor or the copy desk.
I also find it difficult to draw trees. Taking a more stylized geometric approach was easier for me, and I think it works. I would have liked to incorporate more motion in the leaves and canopy if I could go back and work on it a bit more.