Changing Causes of Death in 1990 and 2016

This poster design was created for a data and information visualization course in the Biomedical Communications program. It compares numbered causes of death in 1990 and 2016 using data acquired from the Global Burden of Disease Study. The overarching categories of noncommunicable diseases, infectious diseases and birth problems, and injuries are represented in purple, orange, and green. The two years are differentiated by color brightness and saturation. Causes of death that have increased from 1990 to 2016 are in dark blue; those that have decreased are in light blue.


General public


Prof. Jodie Jenkinson


March 2019

Tools Used

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator


Print, 18" x 24"

References: Global Burden of Disease Collaborative Network. Global Burden of Disease Study 2017 (GBD 2017) Results. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2018. Available from

GBD 2017 Causes of Death Collaborators, G. A., Abate, D., Abate, K. H., Abay, S. M., Abbafati, C., Abbasi, N., … Murray, C. J. L. (2018). Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific mortality for 282 causes of death in 195 countries and territories, 1980-2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Lancet (London, England), 392(10159), 1736–1788. Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser (2019). "Causes of Death". Published online at Retrieved from: '' [Online Resource]


AMY CAO 2019