Visualizing Shakespeare’s avid love of birding
DATA VISUALIZATION, ILLUSTRATION
Bringing together literature, design, & nature
To read Shakespeare is to be introduced to the avian world of the British Isles, Europe, and beyond.
I’ve often been struck by the amount of references to birds in Shakespeare’s plays, in physical roles as well as metaphors and symbols within the narrative. With this project, my aim was to create a way to display this information visually, as a new way to look at the narrative of each play.

I created vector illustrations for each bird, collated the data, and used Node Box to parse and aggregate the data for each play, and generate the basic structure for the posters (the final designs were created in Illustrator).
The colours correspond to the small graph at the bottom, showing the percentages more clearly. For a richer context, I included the full verse of each reference alongside this graph.