Information design

and cartography

The planets as fruit

Understanding planet size

As a child, I was always frustrated by the inability of the astronomy books I read to communicate a sense of the planets’ relative sizes and their (average) orbital distance from the sun. It was impossible for one diagram to show both the sizes of the planets relative to each other and those sizes relative to their orbits.

Personal project


Design team: Joel Katz, concept, research, and



James B. Abbott, photography

Digital assemblage: Charles Wybierala,