Trucking Through the AIDS Belt

Creating a visual narrative for written word.


Create a visual narrative for a piece of text and define a new interpretation of the work.

The New Yorker


I chose to work with a text by Ted Conover, a journalist and non-fiction author, titled “Trucking Through the AIDS Belt.”

Published in The New Yorker in August 1993, this 17-thousand word piece is the author’s true account of a journey along the remote routes of eastern Africa with long-distance truck drivers.

“Affectionately revered as cowboys in convoy,” the long-distance drivers have also been identified as the “unwitting carriers of AIDS.”


To understand the content and plan the book spreads, I mapped out all the content to the location it took place, essentially creating the chapters of the book. I also began to see two different types of content: (1) describing trip events and (2) background research that takes place outside of the journey.


Sample Spreads

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Graduate Studio I., Prof. Dan Boyarski
Carnegie Mellon University


1 month
Completed December 2009

Made With

Adobe InDesign Adobe Illustrator