Just like the workings of DNA within our cells, the intricacies of our gut microbiome are not easy to imagine. We know that gut bacteria is useful for our health, and we know that our intestines carry many more micro-organisms than the cells in our body. But what exactly do all those friendly bugs do? Let's take one example. … Continue Reading ››
The stuff that happens within our bodies, within our organs, within their cells, within the DNA - that's the stuff life is made of. To the naked eye it is invisible. Even to an eye equipped with a microscope it can be exceedingly difficult to discern, particularly when it comes to observing changes over time. Animation can … Continue Reading ››
Stepping into Giles Alexander’s world feels like stepping into a Sigur Rós song, ethereal and sublime.
In the days before high-resolution colour photography, natural scientists had to be able to draw. Or hire someone else who was accomplished in the artistic craft and willing to work in tandem with the scientist. Beautiful and meticulously detailed, today botanical illustrations from the 19th century have an aesthetic and historical value. And it turns out … Continue Reading ››
David Orr is a young graphic designer who loves dinosaurs, paleontology, natural history and similar cool stuff. While undertaking his graphic design degree, he also works for the Indiana University Art Museum, designing ads and exhibit graphics as well as publications.
Many of my projects involve science communication, a field in … Continue Reading ››
Whenever we visit a science museum, we encounter more than just fascinating facts about nature, biology or dinosaurs. Visual aids play a major role in educating and informing, however it doesn't mean these aids should have lacklustre artistic qualities. Canadian concept artist and illustrator Adrian Bobb knows this well. His striking interpretation of Triceratops … Continue Reading ››
The line between illustration and art is often blurry. Science illustrations, particularly those for textbooks, are no exception. How does one conceive imagery that characterises such elusive and non-material concepts as the mind, particular mental disorders or emotional turmoil? And how does one find the right visual expression for general concepts like sexuality, systemic diseases or … Continue Reading ››