2019 AMI Online Salon

Wax On Wax Off: Proper Earwax Removal

Project Details

  • Entrant Name: Laura Roy
  • Membership Type: Professional Submission
  • Address: Grimes, IA
  • Client: Roy Illustration
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Final presentation format: Poster/Brochure
  • Primary Audience: General Practice Adult Patients

Project Description

For many, cotton swab use is part of a daily ear routine. Counterintuitively, swabs can compact wax and cause harm. In fact, the ear canal usually maintains itself.

When cleaning is needed, patients are often unfamiliar with the steps. This poster fills a need to clearly and accessibly convey the process.

An intro and orienting anatomy at left leads the reader into the piece. The right side outlines key steps.

Visuals and text are minimized for clarity. The composition is designed to guide reading flow from top to bottom. Arrows and graphic elements provide supporting visual imagery with particular consideration for patients with low literacy levels and/or who are non-English speakers.

Overall, the poster conveys calm using a muted color scheme and painterly illustrations. A warning box is clearly visible but is portrayed in greys to avoid alarm. Critical instructions are called out in bold, and the key color of purple identifies the most salient information.