2021 AMI Online Salon

Nature’s 10 cover

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Jason Sharpe
  • Other Contributors:  Eddy Xuan, Joyce Hui
  • Client: Nature
  • Copyright: Nature Publishing Group (cover layout); AXS Studio (illustration), 2020
  • Medium/software used: 0
  • Final presentation format: “Printed magazine cover 8.39 x 11.22 inches
  • Primary Audience: Science enthusiasts

Project Description

Nature’s 10 is an annual issue of the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journal, highlighting 10 key developments over the past year and the people behind them. For the cover design, Nature looks to integrate a key scientific theme with the number 10 in a compelling and creative way. We proposed a dramatic representation of the emotionally-charged subject that shaped much of our world in 2020: COVID-19 and the quest for a vaccine. We modeled SAR-CoV-2 virions using the latest available structural data and rendered them in high detail to emphasize their complexity. With these virions emerging eerily out of the dark to form a zero, we shine a spotlight on the “one” a lone syringe symbolizing the hope science provides in the face of a global pandemic. The layout was designed to also work as a short animation we created to introduce the online version of Nature’s 10: bit.ly/natures-10.