This week I took a Break from the world of Bacteria and art to talk about a topic that has knocked on everyone's door this year, the coronavirus. Unfortunately, my country, Colombia, has just reached one million cases and 30,000 deaths from this disease. So today I wanted to bring a little hope.
I compiled the vaccine initiatives that exist around the world and I wanted to show you in this infographic the stages of vaccine approval and the types that exist so that we understand a little and see that light at the end of the road.
During this week Juliana sent me several examples, links and images of synbio items. I was very surprised by the looks and quality. They go from lamps to food, from brick walls to dresses. In the spirit of showing at a glance all this great variety of possibilities, Juliana had the idea of condensing what they have in common is that being everyday objects they can be found in one single room.
Juliana sent me a sketch of the visual she was imagining (image 1) and suggested to me a title for the piece we are preparing: “Synthetic biology entered our homes!”
I have been playing a bit with the sketch by Juliana and I produced the first visual (image 2). As I mentioned in the previous post, I was thinking about ways to animate it, and I added motion guidelines for the synbio objects: dresses, sugar in cookies, Impossible © meat, lamps of every shape and color, brick walls, furniture.
The first color palette I chose was supposed to be “cozy” and homely (image 3), because I didn’t want to associate bacteria with a scary or too futuristic visual scheme. But looking at it a few days later I realized I wasn’t very happy with it and I thought, well, I can give myself permission to go a little fluo because, bacteria! So I changed the colors of the illustrations (image 4) and I’m now working on animating the synbio items.