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TRIUMF operates a cluster of radiation testing facilities under the label “PIF & NIF” (for Proton Irradiation Facilities and Neutron Irradiation Facilities). TRIUMF serves commercial clients such as aerospace firms, satellite companies, automotive manufacturers, and electronic parts manufacturers. Testing their parts under radiation conditions is a critical part of the quality assurance process.


The significance of this work needed to be captured in a visually engaging and easy-to-understand information graphic. The design of the infographic needed to incorporate intricate, highly technical information in a clear and concise way. The breadth and diversity of the user group and the societal significance of the work done at the facilities also needed to be highlighted by the design.

TRIUMF Radiation Environments Infographic Posters

I worked with Diana Castaneda and Camille Belanger-Champagne to create a visually engaging and easy-to-understand information graphic to be displayed along the Public Tour routes at TRIUMF, as well as for use in all PIF & NIF printed, digital, and online collateral for business communications. 

Infographic for TRIUMF, Canada's Particle Accelerator Centre - Winner of the In-House Design Award from the RGD, Canada's largest professional association.


TRIUMF, Canada's Particle Accelerator Centre


Creative and Art Direction: Diana Castaneda
Illustration: Janani Ramesh
Production: Jesse Abney
Scientific Writer: Camille Bélanger-Champagne


Adobe Illustrator


Initial Sketches 

My first step in the project was to learn about the PIF & NIF department and the key messages they wanted to convey in the infographic. As a newcomer to TRIUMF's work, I had an advantage in creating an infographic that would appeal to both experts and novices in the scientific field.

To explore different ways of showing the radiation levels, I drew some rough sketches with pencil and paper. This was a quick and easy way to test my ideas at an early stage of the project. I shared these sketches with the PIF&NIF scientist and the TRIUMF senior graphic designer to get their feedback on the layout.


Iterations and Revisions


Final Designs for the Infographics

"Working with Janani has been a joy. Her work ethics, amazing talent, and constant kindness, never cease to impress us. Her infographic for TRIUMF’s Proton and Neutron Irradiation Facilities, not only fulfilled our expectations but also considerably raised the bar for visual standards along the route of the Public Tour of TRIUMF."

Diana Castaneda

Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator centre


Project Reflection and Impact

I worked on this project to address a real-world challenge that required a design solution, and I was very satisfied with the outcome. I owe a lot of gratitude to the wonderful Diana Castaneda and Camille Belanger-Champagne for their assistance. They inspired me with their enthusiasm and commitment. The feedback I received from them throughout the process was very helpful, precise, and enhanced my abilities as a designer, illustrator, and thinker. I appreciate them both for this amazing experience!

In 2022, a team of animators worked on creating a bilingual interactive version of the infographic which you can check out here:

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