I just completed an illustration project for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. They publish a quarterly magazine for alumni and interested subscribers featuring various activities, events and accomplishments of the school and its alumni.
The Fall 2011 issue features 5 alumni who are involved in what the article calls “impact investing.” That cover story and article titled “Investing in Solutions” highlights how these featured alumni are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems – and satisfying the bottom line at the same time.
Kellog Magazine Cover Illustration
Kellogg Magazine Cover Illustration
Feature Article on Equilibrium Capital Group
Opportunities in Green Real Estate
Feature Article on Affordable Housing
Opportunities to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing
Global Impact Investing Network
Transforming the way we think about solutions to problems.
Microfinance and Microlending to Poor African Farmers
Opportunities to microfinance poor farmers
Establishing Metrics for Effective Impact
Opportunities for establishing metrics for more effective solutions
Randal did this vector digital illustration in Adobe Illustrator for Ameritech’s “Signals” magazine in the 1980’s. It demonstrates how their wireless technology can penetrate walls and windows in buildings giving customers better cell signal reception.
This is one of the earliest line illustrations Randal did after starting his freelance career in 1980. A client needed a simple line diagram of a manufacturing process to use in a printed company communication brochure. Randal worked from photo references to create this line art illustration. He worked with Rapidograph ink pens on smooth 20 x 30 illustration board. These were the same tools that he learned to use working as a engineering and architectural draftsman beginning in 1970 as a high school student.
The final line art was photo stat copied down to reproduction size and positioned on the designer art boards for final photo transfer to film and then a printing plate.
The Houston Area Library Association required a simple visual diagram to communicate how their library system would be upgraded an connected via emerging Internet based technologies. This diagram was developed by Randal Birkey in 1998 and created using Adobe Illustrator software on an Apple Macintosh computer using a Wacom tablet. This vector art style was delivered as a digital illustration file to the customer via email.