In spring 2017, Tyson Bird gathered a small team of visual journalists to experiment with using Instagram stories to tease to the Ball State Daily website. We each chose content to tease to and used AfterEffects to animate a narrative, whether it was just one slide or several. At that time we could not link to our stories on Instagram, but we could try to spark our readers’ interest through the Instagram stories function.
This series for the Daily News Instagram was my most ambitious, where I planned the screens in advance as a narrative, used our social media style guide and created the videos to post that night after the gun scare. My hope was that it would answer students’ questions and lead them to read more about the circumstance on our website.
BSU SPJ Campaign
I worked with the Ball State chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on a campaign to combat fake news. Partnering with the Ball State Libraries, I began with an infographic to inform students on ways to spot fake news by visualizing information from the CRAAP test.
The final campaign consists of an infographic, poster, T-shirt and sticker to promote the chapter and inform Ball State students about how to be better consumers of news.
Ball Bearings Magazine: The Roaring 20's
Through the Ball State student magazine, Ball Bearings, I had the opportunity to visualize stories through illustrations. As a page designer, I places the content and drew digital illustrations for a spread in the fall 2015 issue.
The Roaring 20's column shared one person's viewpoint on growing up and making choices that will impact young adults for the rest of their lives.
Check out the spread and full magazine for Fall 2015 on ISSUU.
Olympic Torch Relay
During the last semester of my senior year, I visualized a research project led by Alan Hovorka, which told the history of the Olympic torch relay through data visualization. My role in this project included creating a motion graphic tracking the number of times the relay crossed a country over time, illustrating a by-the-numbers alternative storytelling format and general design consultation. You can view the project in its entirety here.