Brian Williamson | VOA
Hardline regimes around the world attempt to suppress internet access and spy on online users. To combat this trend, Voice of America decided to create a simple primer to help people evade online censors.
When we started the project we knew that we:
- Wanted to create simple explanations of complex tools.
- Needed to support multiple translations.
- Could repurpose art across the explanations to illustrate recurring concepts.
- I proposed that we create a series of simple responsive comic book introductions for each of the tools we were profiling. Unlike a large, static infographic explanation, comic book pages divided up into panels are ideal for reflowing onto different devices.
I illustrated and designed the comics. I created a flexible CSS library to make the comics responsive. I also used TabletopJS and a Google spreadsheet to facilitate the translation of the comics across multiple languages. I then designed a simple responsive site to help users navigate between the tools. Finally, I helped repackage the project into an epub format to help share the information with other people unable to access the content online.