To develop creative ways to communicate and educate about the prevalence of gun violence in the wake of the Newtown School shooting.
My approach was to design a reference "map" of U.S. gun laws by re-arranging the states into a shape of a gun, to illustrate that no matter where you are there is a gun (concealed or otherwise) near you. The gun image is overlaid on a list of school shootings from wikipedia (so it may not be complete or accurate) but the growth of gun violence, especially after 2000 is staggering. The list is screened back to provide a layer of information that is only visible on close inspection, but the decades are in black to provide a small hint of the list. A designer's inside joke is in the lower right with the well-known text overflow alert to hint that there is more text that won't fit the page.
I think the resulting image is striking. The original format of the poster for the AIGA call for entries was not accepted, so I re-designed it in a larger poster format for my own portfolio.