2018 AMI Online Salon

Life Support for Livers

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Jason Sharpe
  • Contributors: Kelly Krause, Sonya Amin, Eddy Xuan, Man-San Ma; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Nature Publishing Group
  • Copyright: © 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Autodesk Maya
  • Final presentation format: Printed journal cover, 8.25 x 11 in
  • Primary audience: Scientific researchers and enthusiasts

Project Description

Scientific journal covers provide a visual introduction to content that lies inside. For the featured research group, covers are a source of pride and increased recognition. For Nature magazine covers, an image must be bold and striking to impress the editorial and art teams, inspire a witty, informative headline, and allow for a practical, pleasing layout. Working closely with Nature’s Creative Director, AXS created the “Lifeline for livers” illustration to meet Nature’s criteria for cover art, and the researchers’ approval. The cover speaks to normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) which has been found to preserve donor livers up to 54% longer compared to ice, fueling hopes that NMP could increase the number of viable organs available for transplant. The cover art took its inspiration from liver anatomy called the biliary “tree” and likens NMP to a nursery of seedlings. Technical challenges included the 3D foliage and creating a vibrant, healthy, verdant look and feel.