Tornado Infobook

A straightforward visual introduction to tornadoes in Oklahoma, and tornadoes in general.


My Role

Visual Designer


Mar - May 2014


Research and Analysis

Data Visualization

Print Design



Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator


Growing up in Oklahoma, tornadoes were just a unfortunate part of life. Not till I moved to Pittsburgh did I learn of people's intense fear of tornadoes. I know fear is often due to lack of knowledge of the unkown, so to help settle that fear, I decided to create a calm, fact-filled, visual overview of tornadoes in Oklahoma. The hope is that for the uninformed person, this book would provide a better understanding of these natural phenomena, and possibly reduce fears.

My goal was visualize Oklahoma's tornado data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). The challenge was to take this data, sometimes in tables, sometimes scattered in paragraphs, and turn it into a visual and easy-to-understand book.


The result was a 15-page print book about tornadoes in Oklahoma, my home state. I selected a calm assortment of colors to frame the content in a relaxed light. I designed the pages based on common questions I had gotten from people who live outside of Tornado Alley.

Looking back now, I would like to expand the book to tell a fuller story, including information of how tornadoes form, the anatomy of tornadoes, what to do in a tornado, how to prep for a tornado, and some anecdotes about strange things that have happened with tornadoes.

Thumbnails of the pages in the planning stages.

About Me

With a background in human-computer interaction, design, and computer science, I like the challenge of meeting the needs of real people through the power of technology. My goal is creating great experiences, and leaving problemspaces smaller than I found them. When I am not designing, I am playing outdoors, doodling, or thinking about tacos.

Questions, opportunities, or want to say hi? Contact me, I'd love to chat.