[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
NHS Winter | BBC
Care Calculator | BBC
Jihadists-Tracking a month of deadly attacks | BBC
Syrian journey-Choose your own escape route | BBC
Surviving childhood in Africa | BBC
Where do your old clothes go? | BBC
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.