Cerebellum: anatomy and blood supply

Knowledge Gap:  How can the structures of the cerebellum be communicated to best facilitate knowledge and understanding of its anatomy and blood supply?
Design Solution: Creating a 1-page textbook spread with many visuals showing the anatomy and blood supply of the cerebellum in unique perspectives and representations.
Project Details: This illustration was created as a group project for a neuroanatomy course in the Biomedical Communications program. The purpose of this project was to emulate a studio environment where each illustrator worked on a different stage of the illustration. The author's role was the conceptualization, layout, and design of the illustration. 
Date Completed 
April 2018
Audience
Anatomy Students
Format
Print (textbook)
Client
Prof. Dave Mazierski
Prof. Shelly Wall 
Media 
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Team Members
Colleen TP 
Carmen Burroughs  

Problem Solving

Design Process

Co-Design

Research  

Extensive research was done to familiarize the author with the anatomy and blood supply of the cerebellum. Neuroanatomy text books were consulted to ensure accuracy, and to assess how knowledge translation could be better achieved by the use of non-traditional representations. 

Initial Sketches 

Sketches were made iteratively with multiple feedback sessions from prof. Mazierski and prof. Wall to maximize knowledge translation and ensure accurate storytelling. 

Frequent communication with prof. Mazierski and prof. Wall occurred throughout the entire process of this illustration for feedback and constructive critique on content, layout, and design. When finished, the files were transferred to Colleen TP, who was responsible for image tracing and colour-blocking in illustrator. Then, the files were transferred to Carmen Burroughs who was responsible for image rendering in photoshop.

The greatest challenge was re-creating the cerebellum from different angles and positions compared to traditional anatomy text books. This was an important task to help students maximize their understanding of the difficult anatomy. To accomplish this, both physical and online 3D maquettes were used as references to help orient the cerebellum in different positions. As seen in the progress work, this approach significantly reduced the need for cumbersome text since the images were telling most of the story. 

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