A History of Mt. Rainier
An infographic about Mt. Rainier, stemming from my admiration for this massive natural structure that made me feel incredibly small (but in a good way). A couple summers ago I traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park and saw the mountain for myself, and have never forgotten it since. Made with time, laborious love, and Adobe Illustrator.
First B/W Rough Version
My initial approach was vague and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do other than the fact that it should relate to some aspect of nature. Drawing on my own experience, I then started with national parks (in the US) since I have travelled to many of them during holidays with my family. This sketch is a way to show how the data could potentially be shown.
Second B/W Rough Version
From the first version, I needed to focus on a more specific subject so that I could gather enough concrete data with complexity. I loved the national parks as a whole, but within the parks themselves I really admired mountains. Going with that, I decided to compare mountain heights around the world.
There were many considerations about comparing mountain heights from around the world that I hadn't realized, such as which mountains to choose and from which regions, and what counted as the shortest mountain, and so on. Focusing further, Mt. Rainier struck me as the mountain I wanted to research deeper about and be the focus of for this project.
B/W TIGHT(ISH) VERSION
Because I focused on a single mountain, I could now research different aspects about it. From here, I interviewed a few members of a local New York mountaineering group about various aspects to consider while mountain climbing, and if any of them have summited Mt. Rainier (answer: yes). I also looked into data regarding visitation, climbing routes and successful climbs, and the glaciers on the summit.
In this version I had trouble reconciling geographical data of the mountain with the data of visitors and climbers as the map overlay wasn't really working out.
IDEA: CIRCULAR FORMAT
After receiving feedback and some discussion, it looked like that a circular could coherently display the information I wanted to convey. Earlier I had dismissed it in my mind because it seemed like a "trendy" visual for infographics but when paired with a strong reason to do so, then I think it works!
COLOR ROUGH VERSION
Above I was figuring out how to deal with the numbers and starting to construct the circular format for the outcome.