For The Abell Foundation
Microplastics: The grand reach of our tiny plastics problem
Role: Designer and illustrator
The Abell Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore. The Foundation contributes funding to projects and early stage companies aimed at solving systemic problems and improving lives.
It also produces The Abell Report, which consists of research and background studies of selected issues on the public agenda. I have designed reports for the Abell Foundation for the past three years, within a relatively locked layout.
This particular Abell Report focused on the pervasiveness of microplastics, and presented a unique opportunity to illustrate a vignette about the average person's contribution to this problem.
The vignette follows a day in the life of the main character, Polly. She is a well-informed young adult who makes environmentally responsible choices. However, even she is unaware of how microplastics seep out of every aspect of daily life.
Polly's character was designed to be contemporary and relatable. Her expressions throughout the piece mirror the reader's. "Are you kidding me?"