Thin Ice is an infographic poster that takes an honest look at not only the disastrous toll climate change is taking on our planet, but the humanitarian crisis it is creating. Today, we think of refugees as traumatised by war, forced out of their various homelands by human conflict: but that is not always the case. A new generation of refugees is being born: climate refugees, and their struggle is just as legitimate.
Thin Ice identifies the small indigenous communities of coastal Alaska and the people who are struggling to survive there. As a former resident of one of those villages, I hold a unique perspective on the severity of this crisis and strive to share that compassion through my design. Thin Ice is meant to visually educate, hold its views accountable and truly make a difference.
THE APPLICATION | TITLE SEQUENCE
I chose to create a theoretical documentary to accompany my infographic. From the producers of “The Last Days of Shishmaref: An Inupiaq Community Swallowed by the Sea”, this movie would be an informative film about the climate refugee crisis in Alaska. To support and promote this documentary I created an animated title sequence.
THE APPLICATION | POSTER PROMOTION
I also conceptualized a three part poster series to promote the documentary. Each poster is 27 x 40 inches. Thank you to Claire Nolan for the beautiful photographs.
THE PROCESS | RESEARCH
As always, this project began with research. I collected a myriad of information for this indeevour , starting with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and branching as far as Sundance documentaries. I conducted user surveys, in-person interviews and created a booklet of visualized information. The goal was simple; distill a massive humanitarian crisis into one hundred facts and a single poster.
THE PROCESS | SKETCHING
I started my visual process by working through a series of concepts by hand; I knew from the start that I needed to address the climate change refugee community on a humanistic level, which made this fact-driven infographic a welcome challenge. Even more specifically, I wanted to focus on the place- and the people- I once called home. Below are early physical and digital concept iterations that led to my final piece.