Hannah is a graphic designer for Biotext, the largest service-based science communication company in Australia. Hannah is passionate about turning complex science and data into persuasive and informative visual material. She holds a Master of Arts in International Studies, a degree in Accounting and a Certificate III in Design. (What do these qualifications mean? Roughly translated, this means she enjoys communicating visually and isn’t afraid of throwing numbers and conceptual thinking into the mix.)
Hannah’s interest in graphic design grew from her experience managing the development and communication of science policy in the public service. She began her career in the Department of Climate Change, where she received a Secretary’s award for significant achievement for her work on the promotion and launch of the report, Climate Change Risks to Australia’s Coasts: a first pass assessment.
Hannah has also worked as a communications manager with the Climate Commission (now Climate Council). She edited and managed production of the Commission’s first report The Critical Decade, which was presented to then Prime Minister Julia Gillard by Professor Tim Flannery, before researching and managing production of several follow-on reports including the Commission’s second major report, The Critical Decade: Climate Change and Health. For her work with the Commission, Hannah received a second Secretary’s award for significant achievement. Hannah has worked with the Department of Environment and consulted for the CSIRO, where she turned technical guides into informative and engaging products.
In her work with Biotext, Hannah has developed a high level of expertise in infographics, turning complex messages and abstract scientific concepts into clear and insightful designs for the national state of the environment report, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the ACT Climate Change Council, the office of the Chief Scientist, and SA Health. She has also developed document designs to aid readability and understanding of complex material such as information and consent forms for clinical trial participants, a user manual for FirstRate5 software, and annual reports for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale.