Today, roughly 23 billion shoes are produced each year. So, how can we balance our love of sneakers with the need for sustainability?

I worked with the team at TED-Ed to visualize womenswear designer Angel Chang's lesson on how shoe manufacturing impacts our planet.


A challenge in this piece was conveying the complexity of this topic in a visual form that was both factually accurate, and comprehensible for our audience. This required close collaboration between myself, the designer/animator, and Angel Chang, the educator on this piece.

To help achieve this I designed a stylistic approach that was bold, yet minimal, using chunky “cut out” shapes. This approach to style acted as a juxtapose to the complexity of the text, allowing me the ability to use transitions and compositions that communicated the essence of ideas to our viewers.
Educator: Angel Chang
Designer & Animator: Ella Dobson
Narrator Addison: Anderson
Sound Designer: Stephen LaRosa
Music: Stephen LaRosa
Director of Production: Gerta Xhelo
Editorial Producer: Alex Rosenthal
Producer: Bethany Cutmore-Scott
Associate Editorial Producer: Dan Kwartler
Script Editor: Emma Bryce
Fact-Checker: Eden Girma