2019 AMI Online Salon

Uncovering Evolution: Antique Microscope Slides Provide New Insights on Malaria

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Miranda Stano

  • Membership Type: Student Submission

  • Other Contributors:                         

  • Address: Farmington Hills, MI

  • Client: Thomas Nowacki

  • Medium/software used: Photoshop/Illustrator

  • Final presentation format: Print

  • Primary Audience: Scientific Audience

Project Description

The goal of this project was to create an editorial cover illustration that conveys themes highlighted in an article appearing in The Scientist. As a cover illustration, this piece is intended to visually appeal to and spark interest in the publication. It was to be formatted to the brand standards of the magazine, display the magazine logo, and allow adequate space for text. The project underwent a thorough drafting process with research, sketching, and color compositions before arriving at the final result. Using thoughtful arrangement and precise coloring, this piece visually encapsulates the story of the original article, which reported that researchers were studying malaria-containing, antique Spanish microscope slides dated from the 1940s. The article concluded that the research could help bring about a better understanding of the evolution of malaria: it could help piece together how the disease adapts over time and how certain strains migrated from Europe to S. America.