Climate change and graphic design
Over the past few years I have worked closely with Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) and provided them with design for everything from research reports to leaflets and flyers. Climate Outreach are a charity who (as Europe’s leading climate change communicators) “specialise in communicating climate change in ways that are inclusive and people-focused, appealing to common values and goals to unite us in a shared mission.” On a personal level I feel that graphic design has a large role to play in communicating the complexities of climate change, and I am proud to have contributed to what I feel is very important work.
The Uncertainty Handbook is the second in a series of handbooks on the topic of climate change led by Stephan Lewandowsky, and follows publication of The Debunking Handbook in 2011. It distills the most important research findings and expert advice on communicating uncertainty into a few pages of practical, easy-to-apply techniques, providing scientists, policymakers and campaigners with the tools they need to communicate more effectively around climate change.The Handbook is a collaborative project between The University of Bristol and COIN, and for this latest instalment the authors wanted me to provide an exciting and accessible design and layout that would help engage their audience more effectively. We worked together closely to develop a vibrant, contemporary colour scheme and tried to make the layout as informal as possible. The design process had to account for the fact that the handbook would be distributed both online and in print, and so slightly different versions were made for each medium.