(Master’s degree project: data visualisation as illustration)
The brief for this project was to illustrate a narrative using data that tangentially relates to the story. I chose How to Travel with Salmon, a quirky essay by Italian author Umerto Eco. The design intended to reflect Eco’s voice and personality — the historical approach to iconography (using Otto and Marie Neurath’s distinctive ISOTYPE illustrations) highlights the author’s encyclopedic historical knowledge, the etymologies hidden within the French folds are a subtle nod to Eco’s work in linguistics which underpins all his writing. The result is a playful interplay between the main narrative and the tidbits of data, which reflect the pleasantly chaotic storyline.