TRIUMF, PIF & NIF Irradiation Facilities


November - February 2020


Illustration & Graphic Design

About this project

TRIUMF operates a cluster of radiation testing facilities under the label “PIF & NIF” (Proton Irradiation Facilities and Neutron Irradiation Facilities). The aim of the project is to create an illustrated artwork for new Research Story pieces to be displayed along the Public Tour route onsite, as well as for use in all PIF & NIF printed, digital, and online collateral for business communications.

In this project, I was mentored by Diana Castaneda, Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF and Camille Belanger-Champagne from TRIUMF Irradiation Facilities, PIF & NIF. This project involved finding an art direction, week by week iterations of the proposed infographics, and delivery of multiple file sizes and formats for multipurpose use.

Quotation mark

 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 our Public Tour. 

Diana Castañeda  |  Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF

Initial Research and Prototyping​

To kick off the project, I began researching what the PIF & NIF department does and tried to understand the information that was meant to be portrayed in the infographic. It helped that I was new to TIRUMF's work since this infographic is meant not only to cater to those who are part of the scientific field, but also to those who are new to this field as well.

After learning more about the subject matter, I began sketching out multiple placements for the different levels of radiation environments. I wanted to stick with a low fidelity pencil to paper sketching technique as it was quite early in the phase of the project. I used these sketches to get feedback on what the scientist at PIF&NIF and the senior graphic designer at TRIUMF thought of these placements.

Both Camille and Diana agreed that the second option, with the radiation bar in the center of the work, would best represent their work and make sure that the focus remained on the levels of radiation rather than to focus on the environments.

TRIUMF PIF & NIF Infographic

I collaborated with TRIUMF's PIF & NIF Irradiation Facilities to visualize highly technical information in a concise illustrated infographic to capture the significance of TRIUMF’s operational capacity in an engaging and easy-to-understand way.

TRIUMF Infographic by Janani Ramesh

TRIUMF Landscape Infographic by Janani Ramesh

Brainstorming Designs

Colour and Gradients

The first B&W digital prototype of the infographic focuses on line work and composition.

Process Iterations

Once the designs were selected, I went into Adobe Illustrator to sketch out the line work and then added colours and gradients to get the basic feel of the infographic down. This was a really fun process that helped me move components around easily to play with the composition of the work. 

When we reviewed this design, we discussed moving the radiation level bar from the centre of the infographic to the side so that the artwork of the different environments would have more impact and focus to draw the viewer's attention.

After this was decided, I focused the rest of the weeks to add more details to the infographic and continued having weekly check-ins with Diana to make sure the design work was meeting TRIUMF's standards.

Line work

The first B&W digital prototype of the infographic focuses on line work and composition.

TRIUMF Portrait Infographic by Janani Ramesh

Final landscape infographic in use