2018 AMI Online Salon

Pathophysiology of Primary Spontaneous Pneumothorax

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Jerry Gu; Brampton, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisors: Prof. Shelley Wall, Prof. Dave Mazierski; Content advisor: Dr. John Wong
  • Copyright: © 2017 Jerry Gu
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Print, 2-page spread in magazine
  • Primary audience: Educated lay-audience

Project Description

This illustration portrays the effects of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) at the cellular, tissue- and organ-level. PSP is a serious, acute lung condition which occurs predominantly in healthy young men. The illustration was created for an assignment in a graduate course on visual depictions of pathological processes. The objectives were: 1) to clearly portray a disease process by demonstrating pathological tissue change over time, and 2) to design the illustration as a standalone piece aimed at an educated lay-audience. A literature search was first conducted, from which preliminary histological and tissue cube studies were created to explore depiction styles at different magnification scales. The page layout was designed to prioritize narrative flow and information clustering. Textual content was written and colloquially simplified to suit the intended audience. Visual elements were digitally painted in grayscale, and then colorized using stacked adjustment layers.