Visualizing the Health of Philadelphia

June 30, 2019 | Faculty: Renee Walker

In Spring 2018, the graphic design communication elective, Issues in Information Design, led by Renee Walker, collaborated with the Jefferson Center for Urban Health. Students were asked to redesign Jefferson’s annual Community Health Needs Assessment Report, a dense document which presents data to identifies barriers to Philadelphian’s health and well-being as well as goals and action plans to achieve those goals. Design students were challenged to make the important content more relatable and accessible to Philadelphia residents and communities.

The report covered a variety of topics from language and literacy to substance abuse and heart disease. Each student selected a unique topic and then worked collaboratively as a class to determine a cohesive design system (style of language, grids, fonts, colors, etc.) for a newspaper-style publication that could be distributed to communities.


Students: Matt Zepp, Rebecca Lutterschmidt, Gianna DeWitt, Charlotte Rymar, Liza Marino, Katie Witmer, Amy Bachhuber, Zack Faust, Paige Graff, Matt Maisano, Laina Healy, Devon Strine, Liz Wissman, Anna Mucci

Received a judge’s choice award in the Philadelphia AIGA’s 2019 biennial Philadelphia Design Awards (PDA) competition.

Selected as a Semifinalist in the 2018 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.





Renee Walker

Renee graduated from California College of the Arts with an interdisciplinary MFA in Design. Walker has experience working in all aspects of communication design from traditional […]

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