On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. Two weeks after the rig collapse, the country was just starting to wake up to the possible impact of the disaster. People were starting to discuss it on social media but had many questions about what had happened and what the long-term effect might be. I was commissioned to do a social media infographic in just three days. The content was totally up to me, but so was all the research. I approached it as I would a graphic for the daily newspaper and do "an explainer"--a graphic that answered every possible question a reader might have. It was an intense 72 hours but I got it done and it went viral! It was featured on a number of environmental sites, including the Environmental Defense Fund, and it was printed as a poster used at agency meetings on the BP spill. I did a couple of updates on the graphic in the weeks that followed. Shown below is the final version from May 13. The infographic was also featured on a number of design websites. It was lauded for its accuracy and detail. In hindsight, there are a lot of things I wish I had done differently in the design and execution. However, for having done all the research, writing, and drawing by myself in just three days, I still believe it was one my best works of visual journalism.

 

 

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