Mohave County Downwinders

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The Downwinders are a group of people who were living directly in the path of prevailing winds from the Nevada Test Site when the government conducted above-ground nuclear testing between the years of 1951 and 1962. Exposed to high levels of radiation during the testing, they now experience cancer and other radiation-related maladies.

The group is working with Congressman Trent Franks, Senator Tom Udall, Senator John McCain and Representative Ben Lujan to include Mohave County in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.

For this original design, I utilized black and white photographs taken after the testing. The site features startling imagery of melting “test dummies” mixed with clean fonts and a black, white and yellow color scheme. I incorporated the “nuclear sign” in the logo and favicon. Videos, a forum and social networking were also incorporated.

This project required extensive research as it deals with ever changing legislation, with subject matter going all the way back to the 1950s. I wrote all copy for the site, including a letter addressing elected representatives.

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Erin Clark is a full-time news editor and part-time web and software developer who also works extensively in graphic arts. She helps individuals and businesses create, market and maintain profitable websites. She's also the author of the e-book Building Successful Websites. Learn more about Erin here, or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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