More new work! This is a “quick guide” document for SYPP (Center for Strengthening Youth Paradigms) on Linkage to Care.
For this project, I learned that something often discussed in HIV prevention is the Gardner Cascade, or treatment cascade. It demonstrates (in bar graph–form) that people are dropping out of care at each stage of treatment, from diagnosis to viral suppression.
The cascade is a vital piece of context when discussing linkage to care. Initially, the client felt that a bar graph was a really boring angle, but it was an essential starting point in telling the story.
The graph provided a visual connection to the cascade of patients, and also demonstrated the stark contrast between adult and youth data.
The rest of the piece was much more about making existing content legible. I’ve found that most literature on HIV prevention is robust in discussing context, providing definitions, and ensuring accuracy. Simply, these are the weight-bearing pillars that must be in place when you talk about public health.
This particular document on Linkage to Care is no exception. Although it’s pretty lengthy for a typical “quick guide”, I think it’s as concise as it can get — and it was my job to design something that makes the content work.
Bright colors, short line lengths functioned to make it lighter in tone and easier to read. I would have liked to increase the leading just a bit more, but this was about as open as it could be without causing page break issues.
I’m debating if I should put it in my portfolio. The end result doesn’t have a big eye-candy factor compared to my other work, but this project was about the process as much as the end result. Unfortunately, people these days are not as interested in process (or anything media that comes with an abundance of words).
Still, it was another great project to work on with SYPP — shout out to Maria and Mia!
You can download this document here: http://bit.ly/ltc_youth
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