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The work of Charlotte Thornton

A look at the interactive production from the BBC's multidisciplinary visual Journalism team

June 18, 2015

[This is a special edition of Portfolio of the Week section, celebrating the 2015 Data Journalism Awards and the Global Editors Network Summit 2015. Disclaimer: Infogr.am, the company behind Visualoop, is sponsoring the 2015 GEN Summit]

 

 

As we explained yesterday, we are having some extra featured designers here on Visualoop this week, in celebration of the 2015 Data Journalism Awards. We invited the finalists of the best portfolio categories to share a little bit more about themselves, and the work they’ve been producing in their respective newsrooms. And it’s a pleasure to present to you today Charlotte Thornton, a designer at the BBC working on the Visual Journalism team. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of designers, journalists and developers, that respond to breaking news stories as well as larger data journalism pieces, often created for a global audience.

Here, Charlotte has been involved with the design of breaking news stories, for example the Kenya westgate mall attack, the search for missing plane MH370 and the 2015 UK General Election. As well as this she has created award winning cross-platform interactive content and data visualisations.

Charlotte graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2011 with a degree in Digital Art & Technology. She was then awarded a place on the BBC Design trainee scheme as an interaction designer. As a trainee Charlotte worked in Visual Journalism, Sport throughout the 2012 Olympic games, iPlayer and the world service where she specialised in designing for 27 languages.

After just a few months working for the Visual Journalism team Charlotte was captivated with designing data driven interactives. She particularly enjoys the diversity of the subjects she covers with each one bringing unique challenges. Benefiting from her user experience design background, she uses this to her advantage when tackling different design tasks.

‘I always begin a project on paper, drawing out quick ideas of how the project could progress before building it in more detail in Illustrator. I love being able to bring meaning through design to complex data and topics, aiming to make the complex simple.’

Here are the works Charlotte shared with us:

Which sport are you made for? | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Which sport are you made for?
(Design: Charlotte Thornton; Development: Chris Ashton, Ransome Mpini & Marcelo Zanni; Editorial: John Walton, Paul Plunkett & Ian Shoesmith | BBC)

NHS Winter | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic NHS Winter
(Design: Charlotte Thornton; Development: Ransome Mpini & Chris Ashton; Editorial: John Walton, Branwen Jeffreys, Nick Triggle | BBC)

Care Calculator | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Care Calculator
(Design: Charlotte Thornton; Development: Ransome Mpini & Aidan Fewster; Editorial: John Walton, Alison Holt, Nick Triggle, Emily Craig & Charlotte Rose | BBC)

Jihadists-Tracking a month of deadly attacks | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Jihadists-Tracking a month of deadly attacks
(Design: Charlotte Thornton & James Offer; Development: Richard Bangay & Aidan Fewster; Editorial: Christine Jeavans & Nassos Stylianou | BBC)

Syrian journey-Choose your own escape route | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic Syrian Journey: Choose your own escape route
(Design: Charlotte Thornton; Illustration: Gerry Fletcher; Development: Marcelo Zanni; Editorial: Dominic Bailey, Adipat Virdi, Mamdouh Akbiek & Eloise Dicker | BBC)

Surviving childhood in Africa | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive Map Surviving childhood in Africa
(Design: Charlotte Thornton & Emily Maguire; Development: Richard Bangay & Steven Connor; Development: Richard Bangay & Steven Connor; Motion Graphics: Nick Davey | BBC)

Where do your old clothes go? | BBC

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic here do your old clothes go?
(Animation / Illustration: Charlotte Thornton; Design: James Offer; Development: Aidan Fewster; Editorial: Lucy Rodgers | BBC)

 

You can follow Charlotte’s updates on Twitter (@Char_Thornton), visit her website here, and check out the BBC online gallery for more interactive visualizations by the visual journalism team .

Tomorrow we’ll have more special posts about the finalists of the Data Journalism Awards, so keep watching this space. And follow the GEN Summit live blog here.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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