David Doran Draws For All of Us at Politico EU
There is so much going on in the world these days that it’s practically impossible to keep up with the news. There’s just too much happening, too quickly to keep stock of it all. Each news organization is doing what it can to keep their readers informed, but in a digital age they need more than deep investigation and brilliant analysis. They need to grab our attention and tell the story in a single composition, while remaining sensitive to the issues. It’s a tough balance but one David Doran has mastered. For months David has been working with Politico EU to help visualize some of their biggest stories and bring a creative approach to storytelling. And it requires him to be savvy. “It’s keeping a constant eye out on what’s happening in the world and being engaged with stories as they’re developing,” says David. “It’s finding something that translates nicely into visuals and has the potential to be explored differently through pictures rather than through a story.”
Whether it’s contextualizing the French Presidential Election, visualizing the Women’s March protesters and their effect on the national conversation, or understanding some of the issues around North Korea’s missile tests, there’s a way to look at these issues through illustration and design. David teases apart the issues and packages them in ways that are prescient and immediate. “I’m so really fortunate to work with Tim Ball, the creative director at Politico, and a lot of the time he gives me a lot of freedom. He has a lot of confidence in the ideas I come up with,” David explains. “It’s kind of a dream situation when you have someone who places that confidence in you.” They go back and forth on the concepts a lot of the time, but David is able to consume, digest, and compose the news and events in his own creative way. That means that what we see ends up being a pure creative expression of a response to world events.
David’s work has touched on most of the stories that have arrested global attention, but some stick out in his mind more than others. “I think my favorite to date might be the Women’s March piece. It’s called “Women with a Capitol W,” he says. “With these topics a lot of them are quite sensitive and so to be I had to be able to communicate that in a way that sensitively touched on the topic and gave respect to the women that were marching.” When we consume political news it’s easy to forget that every political actor is a human being, whether they’re sitting in a powerful seat, or marching against that seat. Each political action is a human action with human consequences, and ultimately the story of a politic is the story of a people. That’s what David illustrates, for Politico or for anyone else: our story.