The Invisible World of Domestic Workers (in progress)

10 weeks, Jan. 2018—present

Karen Cheng

Given the current political climate on immigration, I wanted to focus on telling the story of people who come to the U.S. to work as domestic workers. While common in other countries and cultures, this group is often hidden and not recognized by communities. Over the course of 10 weeks, I collected and synthesized data to create an infographic website that illuminates this topic.



Weeks 1-4: Research, narrowing content, creating initial figure concepts, and deciding on audience, distribution, and purpose.

Week 5: Expert interview — I contacted Sidney Chun, the campaign manager for the Seattle Domestic Workers Alliance, leading the domestic workers' bill of rights. This allowed me to localize this topic to what is happening in local politics.


Visual Explorations


Wanting to surface and humanize domestic workers, I considered two visual approaches to the content: photographic and illustrative.

View the current prototype here.

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