2019 AMI Online Salon

Chronic Rheumatic Heart Disease

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: University of Toronto
  • Entrant Name: Felix Donghwi Son
  • Membership Type: Student Submission     
  • Address: Toronto, Canada
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Shelley Wall, Content advisor: John Wong
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and iPad Procreate
  • Final presentation format: Print, two-page spread in a science magazine
  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

Designed for an educated lay audience, this editorial illustration visualizes the pathological processes in the mitral valve resulting from chronic rheumatic heart disease. The goal for this project was to create a conceptual illustration demonstrating etiology, pathogenesis, and clinical consequences of a disease. A major challenge was finding a two-page layout that could effectively depict those concepts in a way that is easy to understand, anatomically accurate, and visually engaging.

On the first page, the anterior part of the left ventricle including right ventricular outflow tract is removed to effectively show the mitral valve. Etiology and pathogenesis are explained in three steps, using color-coded labels and vector elements for clear communication. On the second page, the mitral valve is visualized at a bigger scale with call outs to ensure effective connection between pathogenesis and clinical consequences.