D. Allen

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David Allen is a mathematician, graphic artist, writer, personal trainer, and video producer for-hire.  But, honestly, you'll be lucky if he blogs on any of these things.  He'll probably just tell you how his day is going (or how yours should be).

Infographics & The Millenium Problems

Some of you may have seen my cover-letter-by-way-of-infographic which I made in a bid for a position as a freelance infographic designer.  The truth was, while I have considerable experience in graphic design, I had no real examples of infographics.  So, I figured, why not make my cover letter the example.  I didn't get the position, by the way.  Perhaps it was because my only example of such work was, in fact, meta-such-work.

I realized that I should be doing more of this sort of design, as it seems to perfectly combine my artistic side with my ability to understand and distill the highly technical. (It turns out that higher degrees in pure mathematics might have their applications.)  But, of course, the problem was that I still had no real infographics in my portfolio.

To solve this, I did what any good collaborator (read: lazy designer) might do--I crowdsourced some ideas for infographics.  One of the suggestions I received (from Anne Ho at CSU) was to do the Millennium (math) problems.  This piqued my interest as something which might be difficult to do.  How does one try to convey technical math conjectures through (mostly) imagery?  Well, I suppose, you should let me know if I have found the answer to that question.  That is: Here, submitted for your approval, is the first in my Millennium Problems Infographic Series--The Poincaré Conjecture. 


Feel free to use this image (you should probably credit me, though--that would be nice).  Hopefully it won't be long until I have for you "P v NP."

UPDATE (10APR15): I took Charles' suggestion (see his comment below), and changed the "proved badge."
Also, I hated myself for mixing those serif and sans-serif fonts.  I also changed that, and am much more happy with it now.