Andrea Robertson

Hi, I'm Andrea Robertson!

Part scientist, part artist, I’m a nonprofit and science communications jack-of-all-trades.

I use information design – graphics, illustration, and data visualization – to help nonprofits, scientists, and mission-driven organizations communicate complex ideas to the world.

My goal is to make technical information a little more human. From data visualization to graphic design, I bring greater clarity and understanding to nuanced ideas.

See the full roster of past job titles on LinkedIn.


Hypsypops rubicundus, also known as the Garibaldi, is the California state marine fish. Where California’s kelp forests are largely painted in drab greens and browns, the Garibaldi seriously stand out – their bright orange color and fearless nature means no diver is going to miss the Garibaldi’s turf.

I take my cue from the fish – Hypsypops’ work shines and makes a clear point. (It doesn’t hurt that I’m a Californian too.)

Learn more about the real Hypsypops from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Garibaldi fish

Meet the Critters

All illustrations are original artwork by Andrea Robertson.


Welcome landmark for maritime travelers, the lighthouse is a literal beacon to those on the sea. This illustration is based on the Point Prim lighthouse in Nova Scotia.


Navigational buoys guide travelers safely to and from harbor. This image is loosely based on the Mile Buoy in my hometown of Monterey, California.

What messages in bottles lack in efficiency they more than make up for in effectiveness – you know that recipient is going to read what you have to say.


The crinoid, or feather star, is a distant cousin of the sea star. They gently wave their feathery arms through the water to feed on organic particles drifting by.

diadema sea urchin

Diadema is a genus of sea urchin found in tropical waters around the world. But it’s not just an intimidating ball of spines – buried in those purplish-black thorns run brilliant iridescent blue-green stripes.

planktonic copepod

Copepods can be found around the world, and the more than 13,000 species show enormous diversity; many even bioluminesce. Of course, many other copepods are parasites. I don’t recommend you Google images of that.


The Danforth may not be what you picture when you think of a ship’s anchor, but it’s a real workhorse on smaller vessels.

The spyglass was basically hipster radar.

A crate is a genus of box found in waters around the world. With the advent of corrugated cardboard and shipping containers, their population is in severe decline.

A tide table shows what you can expect from the sea level throughout the day at a specific location.