2022 AMI Online Salon

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Michelle Wu
  • Client: Faculty advisor:  David Mazierski
  • Copyright:  Michelle (Xingyu) Wu, 2021
  • Medium/software used: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Clip Studio Paint,  Procreate
  • Final presentation format: Print (11″x17″ magazine spread)
  • Primary Audience: Educated lay audience

Project Description

This is a two-page infographic overviewing the pathology of necrotizing fasciitis, also known as flesh-eating disease. Early suspicion and diagnosis is essential for successful treatment and higher chances of survival. An educational spread aimed at the public helps promote awareness of the disease and its early symptoms. Brief explanations of the stages are placed next to the microscopic and macroscopic depictions of the visual progression of the disease. The illustration utilizes a bold style with varied line weights and a combination of cell-shading and soft-shading. A conventional color palette is chosen for didactic purposes. The piece was first rendered in greyscale to ensure sufficient contrast between hues and appropriate salience of different structures. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but deadly disease that is not represented extensively in medical illustration. This visualization aims to introduce an educated lay audience to this fascinating and rare disease. The piece fosters intrigue in the science of rare, life-threatening diseases and their etiology, pathogenesis, morphologic changes (organ, tissue, and cellular level), and clinical significance.