Category Archives: Graphs Charts Diagrams

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University Magazine Illustrations

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

Kellogg Magazine Cover Illustration

Feature Article on Equilibrium Capital Group

Opportunities in Green Real Estate

Opportunities in Green Real Estate

Feature Article on Affordable Housing

Opportunities to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing

Opportunities to Preserve Affordable Rental Housing

Global Impact Investing Network

Graph made with Words

Transforming the way we think about solutions to problems.

Microfinance and Microlending to Poor African Farmers

Opportunities to microfinance poor farmers

Opportunities to microfinance poor farmers

Establishing Metrics for Effective Impact

Establishing metrics for more effective solutions

Opportunities for establishing metrics for more effective solutions

1997 Black Book Ad

Randal Birkey put together this self-promotional ad for the 1997 Black Book.

It features:

  • Pharmaceutical Product Logo
  • Globe – Product Illustration
  • Retouched and digitally altered 5 dollar bill with 2 Abe Lincoln’s
  • Close-up diagram of a chain product used in a road grader
  • Watercolor boot
  • Watercolor tractor
  • Nascar line drawing sketch
  • How to measure for a swimsuit diagram
  • 3D clock tower projecting from a 2D blueprint
  • 2 whimsical vector art graphs
1997 Black Book Ad

1997 Black Book Ad

1998 Black Book Ad

Randal Birkey put together this self-promotional ad for the 1998 Black Book.

It features:

  • A series of vector line art icons
  • A Nuclear Fission Reactor Core Vessel
  • An Atomic Level Fission Nuclear Reaction Diagram
  • A Medical Doctor Digital Vector Illustration
  • Youth Science Fair Project
  • Automotive Engine Turbocharger See-Through Cutaway
  • A Harris Branch Bank Architectural Line Illustration
1998 Black Book Ad

1998 Black Book Ad

Ameritech “Signals” Magazine

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.

Ameritech Signals Magazine - Diagram

Ameritech Signals Magazine - Diagram

Manufacturing Conveyor System

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.

Manufacturing Process - Conveyor System Diagram

Manufacturing Process - Conveyor System Diagram

HALAN Diagram

Computer Network Diagram

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.

Network Diagram

Computer Network Diagram