American Geophysical Union Centennial Celebration Graphics
Minnesota State University – Mankato
Concept/Purpose of the Work:
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is an international non-profit, scientific organization representing nearly 60,000 members in 137 countries. AGU members at Universities, non-profits, research institutions, and government agencies focus on understanding how the Earth, oceans, heliosphere, solar-system and exouniverses work. They are also heavily involved in climate change science and science outreach. For their centennial celebration I created an illustration that featured over 100 scientific ideas and symbols split between the 10 major Earth and space science fields AGU members work in (science policy and education; cryosphere sciences; Earth’s deep interior to surface studies; atmospheric sciences; and space and planetary sciences, climate sciences; ocean sciences; paleoceanography and paleoclimatology; planetary processes; and natural hazards)
Results of the Work:
This piece was commissioned as part of the American Geophysical Union's centennial celebration and was meant to showcase the huge range of fields AGU members work in. In addition to representing a range of different disciplines, the illustration had to be as scientifically accurate as possible because it was being presented to a group of experts in each of the topic areas. The final piece was checked for accuracy by a number of different scientists. The illustration was used on AGUs social media to build excitement for their conference and given out as posters to thank and acknowledge their members.
How the Work Was Delivered to the Masses:
The illustration was printed and distributed as a collectible poster to conference attendees. It was also split into ten pieces and used as the cover art for ten different collectible versions of the AGU's science publication EOS.
Beth Bagley: Art Director
Heather Goss: Editor in Chief