Foster Care

Data Visualization Infographic
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Foster Care is an infographic poster communicating data about foster care kids so it's easy for people to understand. The information stresses the amount of kids in the foster care system and how they are struggling. As a next step, viewers are informed of websites and organizations where they can get involved helping foster care children. The poster is aimed towards people of Los Angeles, California.

Design

Attract viewers, inform them, and call to action

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Concept

For years, I've known another family that works with foster kids; helping foster kids is a wonderful thing. At the time, I wanted to try data visualization and work on my illustrating skills. While looking up data regarding foster care, I was surprised to see that California had the most kids in foster care. I decided to make an infographic regarding this statistic. To expand the project past that, I decided to include other information to draw more interest and also create a "next step" for the viewer to potentially help the cause.

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Research

In order to find the data, I performed research to find statistics regarding foster care. These statistics included the number of kids in foster care, how many graduate from school, what the common ages of the kids are, and other data points. I opted to collect data from multiple sources to broaden my data collection. Once I had enough sources, I organized the statistics and determined which were the most important to tell people. The selected statistics are the ones present on the poster.

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Illustrating

Adobe Illustrator was used to create the poster. Several vector assets were created that could be used in the poster, though the art of the kids was predominantly chosen. A map of the United States was drawn in order to show the distribution of foster kids using a gradient scale. Microsoft Excel was used to organize the data; a pie chart was produced for "foster care entry" and then recreated in Adobe Illustrator. QR codes were created along with website URLs to encourage quick access considering modern scanning technologies. Multiple versions of the poster were created to get viewer feedback and improve the design.