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Project Overview

TRIUMF operates a cluster of radiation testing facilities under the label “PIF & NIF” (for Proton Irradiation Facilities and Neutron Irradiation Facilities). The bulk of facility is used by space agencies, satellite companies, avionics and automotive manufacturers. Testing of their parts under radiation conditions is a critical part of the quality assurance process for these companies and helps ensure that planes operate safely, bank servers don’t lose information, etc.


The significance of this operational capability needs to be captured in a visually engaging and easy to understand information graphic. The breadth and diversity of the user group and the societal significance of the work done at the facilities should be highlighted by the design of the infographic and other deliverables.


TRIUMF, Canada's Particle Accelerator Centre


November 2019 - February 2020


Illustration, Communication & Graphic Design


In this project, I worked with Diana Castaneda, the Senior Graphic Designer at TRIUMF, and Camille Belanger-Champagne, my client from TRIUMF Irradiation Facilities, PIF & NIF. This project involved create an easy-to-understand and visually appealing infographic to be displayed along the Public Tour route onsite at TRIUMF, as well as for use in all PIF & NIF printed, digital, and online collateral for business communications. Project briefing and installation was coordinated by Jesse Abney, TRIUMF's Public Programs Manager.


Initial Sketches and Iterations

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 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.


Final Designs for the Infographics


Project Reflection and Testimonials

This project was a real world problem that needed a design intervention, and I felt incredibly proud that I was able to deliver. I truly could not have done it without the help from the lovely Diana Castaneda and Camille Belanger-Champagne! Their dedication and motivation pushed me forward. The critiques were incredibly useful, specific, and helped me really develop my skills as a designer, illustrator and thinker. Thank you both so much for this beautiful opportunity!

"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

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