Dylan Lowe's Diagram Graphic
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Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in those who have dealt with repetitive head trauma. This includes those in the military, wrestlers, hockey, boxing, and many others. In my graphic I focused on CTE cases in football players. The only way to diagnose CTE is through an autopsy, when it’s far too late. Symptoms include problems with speech, memory and motor function, along with depression, anxiety, and impulsivity.

This is a major issue because many higher-ups in the NFL believe helmets can be made to prevent CTE, when they can’t. 27% of those diagnosed with mild CTE took their own life. Are these sports worth the debilitating conditions and death?

This graphic was a difficult one for me to start, and didn’t come out exactly as I hoped. However, I do think it is successful in getting across its point. I tried to emphasize color where the collision occurred, and used corresponding colors for the facts on the right side. I then took the viewer step by step through the anatomy of a concussion, which is the basis of how CTE starts. I went through a few iterations, but ultimately chose this option because it led the viewers eye from left to right; allowing them to read the background information, analyze the graphic, and then finish off their experience with the statistics.

Overall I’m happy with how the graphic turned out, and how it tells the story.

National Parks

Dylan Lowe's map graphic
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On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act that created the National Park Service, which have become long-loved and appreciated outings for people across the globe. The National Parks is comprised of over 400 different areas covering 84 million acres in 50 states.

In my graphic, I created a map of the U.S. and combined it with an area chart to show the number of visitors each year at the seventeen different parks where the cost increase will take place. I also included a key and styled the map to represent the type of landscape each of the parks are known for; orange being dry landscapes, green being lush; in a choropleth of sorts.

Design wise I think my map reads well, but could potentially have spent more time with the background of the map to make sure the landscape scale was more accurate. Overall I am really happy with how it turns out and think it portrays the information well.

Picking a topic came pretty easy to me; I’ve been to many of these national parks that will be affected and think increasing the cost of park entrances are going to deter a lot of people from visiting.

The Holy War

Dylan Lowe's chart graphic
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Dylan Lowe's second chart graphic
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The Holy War is the biggest football rivalry in the state of Utah. Beginning in 1922, Brigham Young University (BYU) began playing the University of Utah (the U) and it has continued to be a tradition ever since. BYU is known to be a university mainly for those of the Mormon faith, unlike the U who has a diverse variety of faiths, or lack thereof. This is mostly where the rivalry stems from – Mormons vs. the non-Mormons.

I created two chart packages, the first about the statistics of the Holy War, and the second about who of the two schools is the better team.

In the first chart package, the main chart illustrates the points scored by each team for each rivalry match by year. It also includes a win-streak graphic at the bottom. It includes important call-outs as well as graphic at the top which shows the conferences the U and BYU were a part of and when. I chose a stacked bar chart so that it would be easy to compare the number of points each team made, therefore easily showing the winner of each year.

The supporting graphics on the right clarify all-time Holy War wins, which is shown in a pie chart, and the number of games played by location in a bar graph, to show where one team may have had an advantage over the other.

In the second chart package, the main chart shows the number of games each team has won per-season by year. It again includes important callouts as backing information to why the Utes appear to be the better team, which I felt was important to show.

The supporting graphics include a pie chart, which shows the number of bowl games each team has won, which I felt again helped solidify the claim of the better team, a bar graph which shows the number of players that were drafted from each team (another important backing fact,) and another bar graph that summarizes each team and their all-time wins.

In terms of typography I chose BentonSans and BentonSans Compressed. I felt it clearly displayed the information and felt informative in style. The colors were taken from each team’s hexadecimal color palette from their styling website, and helps each team be easily distinguished from the other.

Overall I’m very happy with how my charts turned out. In hindsight, I could have included the teams logos on the Holy War graphic for someone who is not familiar with the team, but my design was focused on a Utah (my home!) audience. In the future I hope to further my creativity in these packages to use forms other than those provided (circles, and rectangles.)