Portfolio of the Week - Richard Johnson

An honor to present one of North America's most recognized visual journalists

August 11, 2013  |  CATEGORIES: Featured, News, Portfolios

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

America's Fiscal Landscape, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Richard Johnson| The National Post)

Anyone but Romney | The National Post

Anyone but Romney, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Richard Johnson| The National Post)

Syria’s ‘martyrs’ | The National Post

Syria's martyrs, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Richard Johnson, Jonathon Rivait, Andrew Barr | The National Post)

The Libyan no-fly zone | The National Post

The Libyan no-fly zone, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Richard Johnson, Jonathon Rivait, Andrew Barr, Mike Faille, Adam McDowell | The National Post)

Dambusters | The National Post

Dambusters, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Richard Johnson, Andrew Barr, Mike Faille | The National Post)

Invasion of the Drug Cartels | The National Post

Invasion of the Drug Cartels, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Jonathon Rivait, Richard Johnson | The National Post)

Stoning in Iran | The National Post

Stoning in Iran, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Adam McDowell, Jonathon Rivait, Richard Johnson | The National Post)

The Guantanamo Bay Force Feeding Program | The National Post

The Guantanamo Bay Force Feeding Program, infographic by Andrew Barr, Mike Faille, Richard Johnson | National Post

(image: Andrew barr, Mike Faille, Richard Johnson | National Post)

The night a train destroyed a town | The National Post

The night a train destroyed a town, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Jake Edmiston, Andrew Barr, Mike Faille, Jonathan Rivait, Richard Johnson | The National Post)

A man with a plan | The National Post

A man with a plan, infographic by Richard Johnson

(image: Jonathon Rivait, Richard Johnson, Allison Cross | The National Post)

 

Visit the National Post’s graphics gallery for more amazing works by Richard and his team, his personal website (newsillustrator.com) and connect with him on Twitter (@newsillustrator).

And we’ll see next with week with another infographic designer portfolio.

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