ELPC 20th Anniversary Design Jam a Success
Chicago Graphic Artists Create Stunning Posters Capturing Environmental Issues
CHICAGO- Twenty five graphic designers gave up a Saturday to rise to the challenge of visualizing environmental data and participate in the Environmental Law & Policy Center’s first Design Jam.
ELPC created the event to bring together the vibrant design community in Chicago and local environmentalists with the hopes of using open data to produce posters on sulfur dioxide pollution, solar energy potential, and the at-risk bumble bee populations.
“There is so much happening with open data in Chicago . We wanted to find out how a group of incredibly creative designers would interpret the data that is so important to our work,” said ELPC media manager David Jakubiak.
ELPC looks forward to using the same data to create interactive tools later this year.
By beginning with designers, ELPC can start building widespread awareness around the issues through a poster campaign. ELPC was excited to bring in designers’ vast experience with creating an interface that grabs attention quickly and conveys information effectively. In the fall of this year, ELPC and partners will host a hackathon to construct the interactive tool that the public can use to access the data on the given issues.
The top posters all offered sophisticated and restrained designs, displaying the issues succinctly and in a stunning manner. The first place winner for the Design Jam came from Luke Paisley’s examination of sulfur dioxide’s impact on public health and the environment; second place was Nikole Gramm’s look at foods that would be impacted by the loss of bees; and third place was Graham Ebetsch’s study of pollinators and agriculture, and the honorable mentions were bestowed to Katie Ingersoll’s display of solar energy potential and Alex Sheyn’s call to “Save the Bees.”
Paisley’s top design caught the attention of the judges because of its clean and movie-poster like design shows where sulfur dioxide comes from, what the environmental and public health effects of sulfur dioxide are, and what people can do about it.
Judges for the poster campaign included Jason Kunesh from the 2012 Obama Campaign, Max Temkin from Cards Against Humanity and Maxistentalism.com, Billy Carlson from Threadless, Liz Dykes from Manifest Digital, and PJ Macklin from SoundSlice.com.
The posters winning posters were displayed at ELPC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on April 17, 2013.
We would like to send a very special thank you to our judges for this event:
3 datasets, 25 designers, one day
On April 6, 2013, 25 graphic designers attended the first ELPC Design Jam, which was held in the offices of Manifest Digital in Chicago.
The designers chose between data sets on solar energy potential, bumble bee populations and sulfur dioxide pollution.
Here are some of the results.
First Place Poster
Artist Luke Paisley won First Place for his clean and movie-poster like design which shows where sulfur dioxide comes from, what the environmental and public health effects of sulfur dioxide are, and what people can do about it. The design is remarkably sophisticated and restrained which brings a clear message to the viewer.
Second Place Poster
Artist Nicole Gramm won Second Place with her bright and classically simple design which depicts the popular produce items that will be negatively affected by a dwindling bumble bee population.
Artist Graham Ebetsch won Third Place by using a honey comb design and fruit and vegetables images to display the link between saving bees and saving agriculture. With staggering statistics and a bright banner, the design is very eye-catching.
Honorable Mention Poster
Artist Alex Sheyn received an Honorable Mention for his "Save the Bees" poster which incorporates bee-patterned font dripping with honey and surrounded by buzzing bees.
Honorable Mention Poster
Artist Katie Ingersoll received an Honorable Mention for her colorful poster that shows how the Midwest region has significant solar energy potential. The poster's title "Florida's Not the Only Sunshine State," lets viewers know that the Midwest can utilize solar energy as well.
Artist Wilfredo Merced creatively uses glow-in-the-dark ink so that viewers can learn about Midwest solar energy capacity at night, mimicking how solar energy can be captured during the day to use lights at night.
Artist Reina Takahashi created an infographic poster that is a "primer" on sulfur dioxide which denotes the sulfur dioxide pollution in the Midwest states, negative health effects, and how it happens.
Artist Ana Luczynski uses a large bee image to grab attention to the issue of bees disappearing and the negative effects that will have on the agriculture industry. She also lets viewers know how they can help.
Artist Blaise Sewell uses honey comb fragments, bee, and fruit images to show how a bee colony collapse directly affects our food sources. Using the app allows viewers to help the bees.
Artist Marie Socha uses the emissions from smoke stacks as a writing tool in her graphic to show how sulfur dioxide is emitted from coal power and how it is "bad for today" and "worse for tomorrow."
Artist David Laskowski II shows how bumblebees and honeybees are in danger through a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder.
Brian Duffy looks at the gears of the Midwest's industrial future being powered by solar.
Artist Ian Sienicki points towards Peoria to do something about the two local companies that are causing severe public health concerns.
Artist Amanda Buck shows how bees are irreplaceable in her design and points to the fact that bee populations are dwindling. Buck also points to becoming a Beespotter Citizen-Scientist to help solve this problem.
Artist Jay Yearley urges Midwesterns to add more solar to the energy mix, it can supply up to half of a residence's energy needs.
Artist Alexander Benack diagrams how SO2 enters the environment and negatively affects human health through a colorful design that includes people, forests, rivers, and coal power plants.
Artist Rachel Kinard's flower and bee design calls for viewers to help make a Bee Garden to support the goal of preserving bee diversity and enhancing pollinator appreciation.
Artist Adrianne Hawthorne created a design advocating for more solar power throughout the Midwest which includes incorporating a pun using "SPF" which stands for solar-powered future.
Artist Bruce Forbes incorporates the "Like" feature from Facebook to show how breathing sulfur dioxide is similar to Coal Power Plants, Ethenal Plants, Acid Rain, Asthma Attacks, Bronchitis, and Heart Disease.
Artist Benjamin Brookes tells viewers to "Bee Positive" with Colony Collapse Disorder by snapping a photo of a bee to send in to scientists help solve the problem.
Artist Franchec Crespo created a design which asks the question of how much solar energy is emitted at your home location? This statement makes the viewer consider how solar energy can be captured here in the Midwest.
Artist Nick Barry created an informational poster on the health effects of sulfur dioxide pollution and abundance of sulfur dioxide in the Midwest by using useful volume comparisons with houses, gallon milk jugs, and skyscrapers.
Artist Nancy Rockwood created an infographic poster which states many important facts about solar energy usage such as cost savings, solar energy potential, solar energy, technology successes, and how to get involved in demanding more solar energy in the Midwest.
Artist Kaitlyn Tierney made a poster that encourages the public to be "citizen scientists" by snapping a photo of bees, which is then submitted to the Bee Spotter Database to help scientists track wild bumblebees.
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