In June and July 2013, a large-scale wildfire, known as the Yarnell Hill wildfire,
tore through the Yarnell community in Arizona. The fire claimed the lives of 19
firefighters—the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the September 11 World Trade
Center attacks. This project, which details the events of the wildfire and its aftermath in a
complex infographic, is an example of data journalism and complements the reporting
completed by The Arizona Republic.
This paper explores the emerging field of data journalism within information
design and provides an overview of the process used to create and design this project. In
addition, it summarizes data collection techniques and application of graphic design best
practices. It also details directions for future design opportunities related to this topic.