Download poster (1.2 MB)

Download Design Development: Image 1 (793 KB)

Download Design Development: Image 2 (17.8 MB)

Download Higher-resolution version of poster (13.5 MB)


  • Digital collage
  • 18 inches wide, 24 inches high

Publication Date



coronavirus, Spanish flu, pandemic, collage


Art and Design | Graphic Design


This collage reflects how the origins of the Spanish flu and coronavirus were unknown, but that they were able to grow to a pandemic scale. The main idea I had for this composition was that it was a map. Being that the Spanish flu happened in 1918, I wanted this map to look old and worn. I followed this idea through with the use of a key, the continents, and crinkled paper to represent waves in the ocean.

I knew I wanted the headlines to look worn, so I came up with the idea to wet the paper while the ink was still fresh and smudge the ink around. I traced both the H1N1 and coronavirus and incorporated it into my key.

I had some difficulty with the text hierarchy, so I tried to add more contrast between the headlines and article samples, as well as highlight specific words in red to pop out the keywords.

Jillian Whitson: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.