When people think of drones, often what come to mind are the military, the Middle East and espionage. The media largely focus on these applications, but drones and the mobile technology powering them are increasingly being used to solve intractable global problems: identifying poachers, sending supplies to sites of natural disasters, innovative video storytelling, and expanding Internet access to countries and populations lacking connectivity, for example. As their manufacturing costs drop and capabilities increase, drones are becoming a more practical and effective technology for helping people.
I modeled, rendered and positioned each of the drones, and the infographics team did the text layout. I rendered a bunch of wireframe views (shown below) of each drone showing off the modeling details. I modeled them as densely as I could, and UVW'ed all of the surfaces. I speed modeled everything, just because publication deadlines can be quite tight. Everything was rendered in Maxwell, and composited in Photoshop.