the POLAR EXPEDITION


Infographic for the National Geographic magazine about the Arctic balloon expedition carried out by three Swedish engineers in 1897.

One of the explorers, Salomon August Andrée, invented a drag-rope steering technique which was ineffective. The balloon lost hydrogen quickly and crashed on the pack iced a few days later. The explorers tried to survive for three months on the ice floe. Their remains were found in 1930 by a Norwegian expedition.

I built the miniature using materials such as wood, rope, cardboard, fabrics and PVC.

Sources: "The flight of the eagle", Per Olof Sundman. Juan García, balloon pilot.


Watercolor illustrations of some scenes of the expedition.

Watercolor illustrations of some scenes of the expedition.


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Construction of a set showing some time after landing on the pack ice.

Construction of a set showing some time after landing on the pack ice.


After digitalizing the model through photographs, I added color and textures with digital illustration.

After digitalizing the model through photographs, I added color and textures with digital illustration.

Final infographic piece which shows the rest of the elements, such as maps, timelines or drawings, around the main illustration.

Final infographic piece which shows the rest of the elements, such as maps, timelines or drawings, around the main illustration.

This project consists of two parts, printed infographics and interactive infographics. With the later one, I can broaden the information compiled in the first. Interactive link.

Programming: Alfredo Gimenez.