Client: Oxford University Press, Weather and Climate Textbook
By Sheila Loudon Ross
Botanic Garden Interpretation
BOTANICAL GARDEN INTERPRETATION
Client: Osa Conservation
A series of four interpretive panels designed for use in a rich and diverse pollinator garden located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Working with Osa Conservation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, the goal of the panels was to enrich visitor experience by pairing bilingual messages (English and Spanish) and illustrative content. It was important to inspire curiosity and invite interaction with the environments through touch, smell, sight and sound. Each panel highlights an important pollinator and the plant it relies on, illuminating the wonders of co-evolution through story-telling.
Panel size and material: 36 x 24 inches, high pressure laminate.
Graphic Design: Jillian Ditner Studios
Illustrations: Jillian Ditner and Kristin Bell
THE TRUE COLORS OF DINOSAURS
Client: Scientific American, March 2017
Article by Jakob Vinther
Bird illustrations by Jillian Ditner Studios
2017 RGD Designer's Field Guide
Design by Forge Media and Design
Client: Registered Graphic Designers of Canada (RGD)
Museum of Natural History, Entomology Department
Specimen illustrations created for the Systematic Entomology Lab, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Newly Discovered Gioio species
Megasus bimaculatus Jacoby
Clockwork Sun Dial
Bird migration phenomenon takes place many thousands of meters above the ground and between distant locales and therefore remains largely invisible to human observers. The goal of this thesis project is to bring migration into focus by using environmental graphic design installations that highlight Toronto’s role as a stopover site for migratory birds and activating a site on the city’s waterfront. The final design artifact is composed of the following site-specific elements (not currently installed).
Clockwork is a mural that functions like a vertical sundial to reveal the cyclical nature of seasonal migration. Depending on the time of year, the sun's position in the sky will cast a shadow that lands in one of three horizontal sections on the mural. The top section represents winter in North America, the middle indicates fall and spring, and the bottom represents summer. Migratory birds spend the winter months in Central and South America and summer in the boreal forest of Northern Canada.
Flight Patterns Interpretive Panel installed on the west end of the boardwalk at Toronto's waterfront to indicate the many kilometers travelled by birds migrating from Central and South America to Toronto. At each end of the boardwalk there is a large interpretive panel with a map to give viewers a reference of the distances they will come across along the boardwalk.
Hot Spot Interpretive Panel installed on the east end of the boardwalk displaying maps of three major 'hot spots' that migratory birds use when stopping over in the city to refuel before continuing further north. Sites include High Park, Leslie Street Spit and the Toronto Islands.
Seed Saving Wheel
Designed to help urban gardeners save seeds to re-plant in the future or trade with others, this durable wheel is made to be used in the garden. It is double-sided, with one side describing how to save seeds from "wet seeds" (cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, etc) and the other describing how to save "dry seeds" (from flowering vegetables such as lettuce and kale).
Side of wheel instructs users how to save seeds from flowering vegetables considered to have "dry seeds" such as turnips and carrots
Specific information to each vegetable is revealed in cut-out boxes on the wheel
Diagrams follow the five main steps in seed saving.
Social Good Design Award 2013 Winning Entry Semifinalist for Adobe Design Awards 2012 Winning entry for Applied Arts Magazine 2012