Audubon infographic showing bird species affected by Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Two-page infographic highlighting bird species affected by Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Client: National Audubon Society magazine. © Carol Zuber-Mallison

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HOT OFF THE PRESS

I just finished a two-page, oversized (11x17) document for National Audubon. It is being used as a downloadable pdf from their website and also as a printed backgrounder for Washington, D.C., media and legislators.


MY BIG BOOKS

Colorado atlas winning awards

Cover of Colorado: A Historical Atlas

One of my favorite projects, Colorado: A Historical Atlas, has been named best history book by Colorado Humanties and also winner of the High Plains Book Award as best non-fiction. The atlas, published by University of Oklahoma Press, was a labor of love with author Tom Noel. I built more than 100 color maps for the book, some of them requiring topographical backgrounds built from USGS Digital Elevation Model (DEM) data. Here's a map of Colorado ski slopes from the atlas.

Cover of Portrait of Route 66

Get your kicks on Route 66

If you get your kicks from history, art, and design, check out Portrait of Route 66 from University of Oklahoma Press. It is a fun tour of images from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives and I got to do a really fun, retro map of Route 66.

Cover of Texas: A Historical Atlas

Don't mess with Texas

My first atlas, Texas: A Historical Atlas, is still going strong and was named best reference book by Texas Library Association. The book included 175 maps on everything from the state's history, geography, and current affairs. Here's a map of Texas' geologic regions.

Cover of Texas Almanac

...and if that's not enough about Texas

One of the largest projects I've done was redrawing all the maps for the Texas Almanac — the source for all things Texas. I took the hand-drawn black and white maps, upgraded them to color digital images, and added topographic backgrounds. The project included redrawing 254 counties and 34 subject maps. A couple of my favorite maps from the Texas Almanac.

A SUMMER AT THE SMITHSONIAN

As part of my GIS degree, I was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. One of the best, hardest things I've ever done.

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I worked in the Facilities Knowledge Management department of the Office of Business Administration and Technical Services. I studied how SI's new standards for Building Information Modeling (BIM) integrate into their construction and design process and support their GIS databases.

My intern project was to build a BIM training presentation for the design managers who oversee SI's 1,600 existing buildings and the upcoming rehab of the National Air and Space Museum.

My first step was figuring out each step of the BIM process and building it into a poster-sized diagram. Then I built a often humorous, hour-long animated Powerpoint that walked through the process. I also made the diagram into an online pdf with hotlinks that could be emailed to the design managers and link them to the proper BIM reference materials. SI had originally thought they might need to do a thick, dry training manual but I was able to convey all the same information in a single, hot-linked infographics.


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Email me if you would like to see the entire BIM Powerpoint.


WHY USE ME

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EXPERIENCE I have four decades in visual communications working for all sizes and types of businesses. I'm strong in taking raw data and figuring the best way to visually tell the story.

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KNOWLEDGE For 25 years I have been a successful freelancer doing infographics on almost every subject: oil/gas, environment, travel, biotech, behavioral sciences, law, anthropology. Bring it on.

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JOURNALISM SKILLS I have a reporting/editing degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I emphasize content over design. I bring a lot of research and editing skills so I can often catch your copy errors before your boss does.

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TECH SKILLS My main software is Adobe Illustrator but I work in a lot of programs--and now GIS! AI is vector-based so it can output to any size and almost any format.


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SPEED I'm "paper trained" from working at major newspapers so I'm faster than most. I'm good at grasping concepts and reducing the drafts needed. However, don't assume I'm available. Contact me first. I juggle a lot of clients.

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PERSONALITY I'm not a prima donna. I love working with art directors because it makes my work better. I'm also patient walking newbies through the process. I do graphics, but my goal is "no problems" and to make your life easier.


CLIENTS

ExxonMobil Environmental Defense Fund Kosmos Energy Audubon Cengage college textbooks University of Oklahoma Press AT&T Platte River Power Company Suwanee Valley Electric CareWave WRTI public radio Centriq Nutrition