I was an intern at National Geographic Magazine in Washington, DC from October through middle December. It was interesting to see how people work at the magazine and the magazine making process. I also really enjoyed getting to know and learning from all of the super talented and creative people that put the magazine together. I worked on many different projects with the magazine staff and some of the collaborative work I did is in the February 2012 issue of National Geographic magazine. I contributed to three graphics that were published:

This graphic can be found on the Letters Page. The idea for this graphic was a collaboration with Graphics Specialist, Lawson Parker. The graphic itself was created by me. The female silhouette is actually me! I was limited to the color palette you see but I enjoyed being limited because it wasn’t something I was used to. I like challenges. This graphic went through many changes from start to finish because it had to be just right.  After Lawson and I thought it looked good, it had to be approved by the Art Director, Juan Velasco. I also got feedback from the Senior Graphics Editor, Fernando Baptista, just because he liked to help. I spent a lot of time reading all the letters to the editor to try to find a trend. As you can see, we decided to put the top three sentiments expressed in the letters sent regarding the “Teenage Brain” article.  This was a fun project because I was able to help come up with many ideas and create the graphic. It was also very entertaining to read the letters to the editor.

National Geographic Magazine Internship

This graphic can be found on page 109. I worked on this graphic with Juan Velasco.  He gave me an image that the researcher put together, and a research paper. My job was basically to vectorize it, add color and make it easier to understand. Juan added the text and layout. Initially all of the lines were on the photo of the book pages. I traced them all and it didn’t really work so Juan said we could put the lines next to the photo and just leave the important ones on the photo. I also noticed that the line pattern on the photo I was using as a reference and the pattern in the research paper didn’t match. After contacting the researcher we found out that the lines in the research paper were the correct ones. The colors I chose are colors in the painted pages of the book itself shown in the photo above the graphic in the magazine.

I also made a small contribution of a locator for the cutaway on the map on page 119.

Stay posted for more in the near future.