After seeing how amazing my first batch of laser-cut wood designs turned out, I decided I needed to make a LOT more!
With the approach of ASV 2018, viruses were the obvious choice. It doesn’t hurt that viruses lend themselves beautifully to a clean, graphic style that works so well in this medium! I came up with five new virus designs, covering a broad range of known virus families.
With so many recent business expenses, the only way I can get these done is with a bit of external funding. That’s where you come in! I’ve created an IndieGoGo campaign, “Wood Gone Viral“, where you can support my art efforts and get one or more of these awesome new designs! Of course not everyone is a huge virus nerd like me, so I’ve also created a reward level that lets you choose from a limited selection of the earlier wood designs instead. Or, if you just want to show my campaign a little love on a tight budget, you can get an exclusive photo of one (and if you’re lucky, both) of my beautiful kitties, or a set of virus stickers!
I’m pleased to announce that the campaign is halfway funded, but there’s still a long way to go, and only 17 days left to get there. I also have some fun stretch goals planned, so the more love this campaign gets, the happier we’ll all be!
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Over the years I’ve made a number of illustrations for my lab, and recently got the opportunity to make one for another lab, so I thought I’d take advantage of the opportunity to show off some silly microbial lab doodles!
First, my two favourite PIs, who have on occasion been known to get a bit soaked. My boss is the bald one ;) I made this image just for fun, but luckily he’s in on the joke and ended up requesting the use of his little portrait for semi-official purposes!
Later, I ended up making him a more professional design from his initials. It’s modeled after one of the bacteria we study, Pseudomonas syringae.
He eventually requested a proper traditional crest for the lab. It includes all the most important components of our lab culture and field of study, as well as our motto, badly translated (by Google, naturally) into Latin.
I also re-designed the logo for our genome centre, which badly needed an update after 10 years in service.
All of which brings us to today, and my most recent adventure in lab logo work! Dr. David Baltrus at the University of Arizona requested a western theme, and all the major components here are his delightful suggestions. I take credit only for bringing his ideas to life :)
A while back, Michele Banks and I were approached to create a new logo for microbe.tv. The podcast network is home to a range of science programs, but the bulk of the shows are about microbiology, a topic near and dear to both our #SciArt hearts.
We decided right away that wanted to retain as much of the feel of Michele’s distinctive watercolour style as possible while making the logo look clean at any scale. Michele started by painting a variety of shapes in miniature, all inspired by bacteria, viruses, and biofilms.
I created vector designs based on her paintings, added text, and played with arrangements. There were a lot of false starts, but we had a great deal of fun. It’s always a joy to work with someone with whom you share both artistic sensibilities and a love of snark.
In the end, the winning design was this one, which represents a typical plaque assay: