I'm Lena, a science journalist and designer. I work at ProPublica making news apps and interactive graphics. Sometimes I design posters. I also like running (a lot).
If you're not having a heart attack or in a life-threatening emergency, you could wait hours in the emergency room before seeing a doctor. This news app uses government data to show you how long on average you'll be waiting at nearby hospitals, plus the time it takes to get there in current traffic. There's a story to go with the app, too.
America's most popular pain killer is much riskier than you might think. 150 Americans die each year and tens of thousands get sent to the emergency room by accidentally taking too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. This story explains why.
By failing to monitor the drugs that doctors prescribe, Medicare has wasted billions of dollars on brand-name drugs and exposed elderly and disabled people to drugs they shouldn't take. This app lets you look up your doctor to see what drugs he or she prescribes and how that compares with other doctors.
The tools and techniques to present information in a graphic or news app may differ depending on your project, but the basic design principles stay pretty much the same. Here's how to apply these classic principles to your newfangled graphics and apps.
Every year the over 2.5 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines suffer hundreds of ruptures and leaks, costing lives and millions of dollars. This interactive map tracks those accidents across the country.
A graphic built, quite literally, out of statements by current and former government officials talking about the CIA drone program – or refusing to confirm or deny its existence. Also a tribute to tiny text on the web.
An online interactive database that lets you explore and search thousands of nursing home inspection reports, written up by federal auditors who flag dangerous conditions such as missing residents or physical abuse.
A look at the evolution of national security policies from 9/11 to the present.
A collection of all the arrests and resignations in the expanding News Corp scandal, in rings of proximity to Rupert Murdoch himself.
Posters for science storytelling performances organized by the Story Collider, an online and onstage project in NYC.
A series of interactive graphics on the costs of a decade of conflict since 9/11.
A map of what states are doing with the $2.5 billion of housing aid cash they got from banks. (Hint: it's not all going towards homeowners.) Here's an explanation of the map-making process.
A timeline of the (minimal) government oversight of livestock antibiotics. Constantly feeding animals antibiotics can lead to drug resistant "super bugs" and threaten human health.
A timeline of the evolving government approach to natural gas drilling, or fracking. (Fun fact: it started with nuclear explosions.)
A series of public health posters for the Brown student body and Providence community on all kinds of topics: nutrition and fitness, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and campus safety (to name a few).