It’s a huge pleasure to feature the work of Richard Johnson, who’s currently the Assistant Managing Editor for Graphics and Illustration at the National Post. I have no doubt you’ll recognize the name, and many of the infographics that we’ll present here, but Richard was also kind enough to send us a brief tale of his career in visual journalism and what’s like to work in the graphics department of the Post.
With you, Richard Johnson:
“I am the Assistant Managing Editor for Graphics and Illustration at Canada’s national newspaper, the National Post. I have worked for the last two decades as a journalist and artist for North American publications, and my work in the field as a foreign correspondent/artist has taken me to Iraq, Afghanistan, the D.R.C., the C.A.R. and Zimbabwe. Most of that work is now held by the Smithsonian Museum of Armed Forces History, in Washington, D.C.
Aside from all that mucking about in war zones I keep my children fed by researching, designing and creating information graphics – usually on stupidly tight deadlines for the National Post. I am happy to be considered an expert, but have spent most of my career feeling far less than such. There is always more to learn than teach.
The key to good reporting, for me, has been to find my way to the truth of things. Either by seeing things first hand and reporting what I see, or by digging deeper and harder into data than anyone else, and then portraying it graphically in such a way that our readers don’t have to work nearly so hard as I did to comprehend its importance.
The National Post has a small staff of talented and eccentric individuals who love getting paid to draw pictures and make graphics rather than actually working for a living in a real job. They are in order or weight, Andrew Barr, Mike Faille and Jonathon Rivait, or in order of funniness, Jonathon Rivait, Andrew Barr and Mike Faille, or in order of hacky sack skills Mike Faille, Jonathon Rivait and Andrew Barr. The one thing they all have in common is fearlessness in front of a looming deadline, and bad hair. I am proud to be their boss.”
Here are the works Richard sent us:
America’s Fiscal Landscape | The National Post
Anyone but Romney | The National Post
Syria’s ‘martyrs’ | The National Post
The Libyan no-fly zone | The National Post
Dambusters | The National Post
Invasion of the Drug Cartels | The National Post
Stoning in Iran | The National Post
The Guantanamo Bay Force Feeding Program | The National Post
The night a train destroyed a town | The National Post
A man with a plan | The National Post
And we’ll see next with week with another infographic designer portfolio.