2022 AMI Online Salon

A Luminous Relationship

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Alyssa Starrett
  • Client: Thomas Nowacki
  • Copyright:  Alyssa Starrett, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, and Chimera
  • Final presentation format: Print
  • Primary Audience: General

Project Description

The intent of this project was to research and create a two page plus a fold out spread for a scientific magazine of our choice. The assigned topic was bioluminescence via symbiosis of the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and A. fischeri bacteria and we were required to work within the design parameters of our chosen magazine, in this case National Geographic. The piece is intended for general readers of National Geographic magazine and is meant to educate and inform the reader on the topic of symbiotic bioluminescence in terms of the physical and genetic mechanisms involved in light production as well as the chemical components required.  The illustration style and graphic design is intended to grab viewers’ attention and highlight the idea of a bioluminescent glow, while also staying within National Geographic design parameters. The combination of fully rendered illustrations and simplified graphics helps to highlight and explain these concepts effectively to a lay audience and the more abstract concepts are supported by accompanying text.