2018 AMI Online Salon

The National Institutes of Health program: All of Us

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Isabel Romero Calvo; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: UIC, Biomedical Visualization
  • Copyright: © 2018 Isabel Romero Calvo
  • Medium / software used: Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Journal Cover
  • Primary audience: Health Science Professionals

Project Description

This cover was designed for The Northwestern Public Health Review to illustrate the “All of Us” program at Northwestern Medicine, the goal of which is to create the largest national health database. It needed to communicate implementation of this program in Chicago. The assessment was to create an editorial illustration using color to show form and texture, and to utilize appropriate hue, saturation and value. To achieve the communication goals, I designed the Chicago skyline with heatmap patterns. The stylized dendrogram represents interconnectedness, which is a theme of the program. In order to accomplish a successful use of color, I chose contrasting hue and value, and analogous saturation. I painted the underwater area to describe the form and texture of the sunlight reflections. A challenge was to combine a pixel-based painting of the sunrise and lake, with a vector graphic of the skyline and dendrogram with a goal of fashioning an effective message in a visually exciting manner.