an absolutely stunning piece by Craig Ward and Ian Wright to promote the work of AIDS charity (RED)
more of their work here
to see more about the (RED) Campaign here
How is HIV/AIDS visualized?
As I dive into exploring and researching the visualization of HIV/AIDS, I felt it would be necessary to document the progression of my research. Through creating a visual narrative of my findings, I hope to of capture the depth and broadness of this heavy topic.
This is one of the most beautiful visualizations on prevention methods. Teaming up with the Global Network of People Living with HIV, Dutch designer Leon Dijkstra created an outline introducing past, current and need for advances in prevention technologies.
to view the full PDF, go to New Prevention Technologies
for a deeper analysis on the reasons for the overall design, go to “How Graphic Design Can Help HIV From Spreading”
After finding a publication by the United Nations, I have enough information to begin working on a project concerning contraceptive. I am working on creating a visualization of the data concerning contraceptive use, campaigns, accessibility, and the correlation between the HIV infection rate of different regions. By combining work in Illustrator with alternative processes in my Exploratory Drawing class, I hope to convey a large amount of information in a clear and engaging form.
These are the sketches I created during my third set of iterations. Trying to make the symbol compelling and easily understandable has been really challenging. Through this process I would ask students what made sense and had no need for explanation, and the last page is a compilation of what they responded to.
Here is my second set of iterations in response to the critique after brainstorming. The reason I chose to focus on the diamond and cross was in hopes of combining the already well known symbol of the red ribbon’s figure, one of the initial campaign’s triangle (Gran Fury) and with the internationally recognized red cross. The feedback I received was that they did not speak for themselves, that someone with no knowledge of the process would not be able to figure out it’s about HIV/AIDS, and that they read as medieval. Kristina encouraged me to incorporate these studies into a typeface, to include HIV/AIDS within the symbol.
These explorations from my second page were the most heavily voted on in class. Drawing inspiration from the early eighties campaigns surrounding HIV/AIDS, such as Gran Fury, I chose to focus on the triangle. While evaluating one of the most well known symbols of HIV/AIDS, the red ribbon, I traced around and over it and saw the triangle forms and diamond around the ribbon. Taking from these two sources and the internationally understood red cross, I attempted to combine these forms to create a symbol which had a broader range of associations in hopes of reaching a broad audience. I chose to keep the shapes fairly simple as a way to allow the symbol to be reproduced easily whether by hand in undeveloped countries or through a computer. I also wanted there to be a high amount of energy through contrast to capture the hope and power of those fighting HIV/AIDS.