Between 12 and 20 times a minute, 23,000 times a day, millions of times a year, over and over and over again, we breathe climate change. And it is harming us.

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Exhaustion is a four-year research project (2019–2022) whose goal is to find mitigation and adaptation strategies that tackle the health risk connected with increasing temperatures and heat waves due to climate change combined with air pollution.

With the CICERO communication team and the scientists, InfoDesignLab is leading the co-design process of 4 data-stories and data-visualisations targeting policymakers, media, medical practitioners and citizens to support informed decisions or raise awareness.

We breathe climate change is the first visualisation launched in June 2020 and developed through a co-design process that lasted six months.

Because of human activities such as transport, agriculture and energy use, we pump pollutants (such as gases and particulate matter) and greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) into the air. …


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We cannot be more proud and grateful for the opportunity of sharing the story behind the co-design process of the figures we designed with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) for the summary for policymakers of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) and on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL).

The episode is available here:

154 | Visualizing Global Warming with IPCC with Angela Morelli and Tom Gabriel Johansen

Creating such reports entails a very complex and orchestrated process that needs to end with a total consensus of all the participating countries. In the show we tell the story of what it takes to generate such reports and handle the complex process of co-designing the figures with a large group of scientists. …


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We co-design with scientists and journalists, businesses and organisations, activists and professionals who need to turn complex information into meaningful narratives, unique visualisations and understandable messages.

We are proud to have worked with a number of high-profile clients on a range of multi-disciplinary projects covering climate science, sustainable development and public health. The ultimate goal of the projects is to turn scientific and complex knowledge into effective, engaging and accessible tools for wider audiences across different platforms.

Our clients

Some of our clients are the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the European Environment Agency, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the Center for Climate Research in Norway and the World Meteorological Organization. …


We are information designers and we believe that understanding precedes action and change.

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Angela Morelli is an award-winning Italian information designer based in Norway. From climate change to health, she has worked with a wide range of scientific organisations and professionals including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the European Environment Agency, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, the Center for Climate Research in Norway and the World Meteorological Organization. Her goal is to co-design engaging solutions that empower audiences and support informed decision-making. Angela gained her MA in Information Design from Central Saint Martins in London, having previously obtained a BA degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MA in Industrial Design. She is an acclaimed international speaker, an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins in London, a visiting lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and a visiting lecturer at BI Norwegian Business School. She has been jury member of the International Institute of Information Design Award and was awarded the Il Monito del Giardino Award in 2013 along with philanthropist Paul Polak, primatologist Jane Goodall, water scientist Tony Allan and other individuals committed to defending planetary ecosystems. …


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In 2010 we established a course in Information Design and Data Visualisation at Central St Martins in London. That course marked the beginning of a wonderful teaching journey in universities and organisations around the world, offering hands-on experiences aimed at students, scientists and professionals working in environments that require presenting information in effective ways in order to capture the imagination of an audience.

Fresh from a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Design Higher Education, we were very conscious about the type of learning environment we wanted to create and, after many workshops, it was clear to us that kicking off any course with a data visualisation brief centred around gross domestic product, CO2 emissions or crime rate would probably paralyse many participants. The complexity of the content would easily become a barrier, making students stuck on the content rather than on the process of exploring and testing organisations that would enable them to tell a story they wanted to tell or to discover a story they needed to tell. …


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A story about information design and impact.

October 2018 was a pivotal point in climate change history. We were part of the team behind the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C and it has been a defining journey for us, professionally.

We are information designers. At the heart of what drives us is working with scientists to turn complex information into meaningful messages. We think a lot about the datavisualisation industry. How it’s changing. How it’s evolving. Probably the thing we think about most is impact.

This is an article about visualising data for lasting impact, particularly in science. Not because we think we have the answers. We’re constantly looking for those ourselves. Every day. But because we want to share what we’re experiencing as information designers, the changes that we’re witnessing, what we think we’re part of. …


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1. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

The IPCC’s assessment reports have been instrumental in shaping international climate policy. Perhaps the most high-profile in its 30-year history to date is the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15). With a huge and diverse audience of scientists, policymakers, journalists, the public and stakeholders from the business, industry, finance and education sectors, the challenging brief was to produce a set of engaging and informative figures for the Summary for Policymakers, the most widely read part of the report.

Working closely with the scientist authors, the WGI Technical Support Unit (TSU) and all six Working Group Co-Chairs over several months, InfoDesignLab helped to bring a fresh approach to visual communication to the IPCC reports. …

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