2019 AMI Online Salon

Missed Connections: The Structural and Biochemical Markers of Neurodegeneration

Project Details

  • Company/Institution: Roy Illustration
  • Entrant Name: Laura Roy
  • Membership Type: Professional Submission
  • Address: Grimes, IA
  • Client: The Scientist Magazine
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign
  • Final presentation format: Magazine Fold-Out Poster Spread
  • Primary Audience: General Scientific Community

Project Description

Scientists increasingly assess biomarker molecules (molecules released in association with a disease state) to diagnose and evaluate neuronal pathologies.

This poster introduces several neuronal pathologies and associated biomarkers. A colorblind-friendly limited color palette was used to focus information. Turquoise and chartreuse specifically were used as didactic theme colors to quickly identify information (written and visual) about biomarkers and neurodegeneration, respectively.

Compositionally, the piece integrates text and illustrations. A general introduction is provided at the top left, beyond which the viewer is led into the poster to explore.

The illustrations were designed to be accurate but approachable.  It is hoped that the audience will be drawn in to read more about the science rather than put off by upsetting images of disease. A rich visual environment was created to capture the reader’s imagination and inspire further research on the subject.