The destruction of natural habitats is caused by human activities deployed to satisfy our ever-increasing needs (e.g. energy production, agriculture). As a consequence, all realms of life are undergoing important population declines. The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species aggregates distribution data, which I used to visualize the 165 plants that are considered extinct as of today.
For each continent, species are represented by a flower with 11 Threats petals, and sorted vertically by the period they were Last Seen. Each flower connects with a Class symbol at the bottom, which also contains the Name, Country of origin, and Category (species that are Extinct in the Wild remain in cultivation centers such as botanical gardens).
To start off, I filtered the IUCN Red List database for extinct plant species. Then, I sorted the downloaded spreadsheet in Excel and drew graphic representations of useful variables on paper. I worked with the Pen tool and distribution techniques in Photoshop to vectorize the drawings, and added texture and depth using layer effects, filters, and masks.