2022 AMI Online Salon

Bells & Whistles

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Tal Bavli
  • Client: Faculty Advisor:  Jodie Jenkinson
  • Copyright:  Tal Bavli, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign
  • Final presentation format: Trifold poster
  • Primary Audience: General public

Project Description

Small creatures are often overlooked, but the Prairie dog is considered no less than a keystone species, crucial for the stabilization of its entire habitat. With the knowledge that endangered species do better if humans think of them as “human-like”, this infographic aims to shine a light on Prairie dogs’ most “human”, most social behaviors. The background of this spread features a landscape upon which the narrative of this species survival is told – they can use complex language to warn each other of dangers. The viewer can explore the composition, discovering the narrative in a series of vignettes. Since the concept of a speaking critter is somewhat fantastical and story-like, a composition, color scheme and style that hint at an illustrated fairytale were chosen. A dramatic angle enhances the experience of the world from a Prairie dog’s perspective. The white line vignettes accompany text emphasizing their unique social behaviors without taking away from the main illustration, while general background information is presented in more of a bullet point form, with vector based icons.Lastly, an option to experience some of this information not only visually, but through the work of NPR’s Radio Lab team is available with a QR code that can be used with any smartphone.