A Physician-Scientist was asked to develop a cover design to represent his work, which would be the featured work of the journal. We had approximately 4 weeks to design and deliver the composition.
As the principal designer on this project, I was worked with a Post-doctoral Fellow and the Physician-Scientist to develop the cover art.
The image depicts a representation of an implantation scaffold that contains implanted islets. The scaffold facilitates implantation and survival of the transplanted islets.
The biggest challenge was showing all of the science without overwhelming the cover. The Physician-Scientist really wanted the image to be scientifically accurate, however, many of these elements have not been imaged in a way that could be used in this composition. I spent a lot of time researching different representations of islet cells and the graphene scaffold to come up with materials that would be somewhat representative of the actual elements.