The KIDS COUNT Infographic Challenge Design WonderKid: Justin Harris

January 14, 2013
The KIDS COUNT Infographic Challenge brought together designers, advocates, and data analysts to explore the KIDS COUNT Data Center and use graphics to tell the stories of America's children. Your votes chose the winners of the Challenge from 50 remarkable entries. Each winner will recieve a new state-of-the-art laptop equipped with an Adobe design suite.

JUSTIN HARRIS, 16 - DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
KIDS COUNT Infographic Challenge Design WonderKid

An entrepreneur since the age of 8, Justin Harris dreams of being at the forefront of a young commerce revolution led by teenagers. A high school student in Durham, North Carolina, Justin is working to launch EnvisionWith.Me, a professional network designed for entrepreneurs too young to join LinkedIn.

Justin's passion is collaborating with others on multimedia projects and “inspiring others to launch their dreams.” In his freshman year, Justin became an avid wrestler and joined his high school team; since then, he has tried to spread the word about the importance of including physical activity in the kids’ and teens’ daily routines.

When asked about the data he chose and how he created his infographic, Justin told us:

Being overweight or obese is linked back to several different health concerns, and this can be a problem for our future generations. Today, Americans eat larger food portions at restaurants and homes. Food is also available at almost any time of the day. Many kids and teens do not incorporate physical activity into our daily lives.

Now it's time to take action! Kids and teens who are overweight or obese are projected to be overweight and obese as an adult. 15 minutes of physical activity a day can help us get North Carolina's male and female average of obese youth down to zero percent. Check out Justin's entry >>

What was the most challenging part of creating an infographic?

The most challenging part of creating the infographic was organizing the data using graphics that appealed to others.

Did the Challenge change the way you understand and use infographics? How so?

Yes, I learned that visual art attracts the eye of most people and it can help others understand certain topics depending on their learning style. Most teenagers don't read websites that have lengthy paragraphs. However, teens will read the same content if it is presented in something visual like a infographic.

What was the most interesting or useful part of the KIDS COUNT Data Center?

Being able to sort the data by state and seeing data tables was pretty cool.

How do you plan to use your prize?

I plan to use the laptop and adobe software to create marketing material, web templates, and other general graphics to support the http://EnvisionWith.Me project, which is the world's first professional network designed specifically for talented teenage visionaries.