sci.comm got their new magazine cover by running a design contest:
Illustration for the cover of prestigious neuroscience journal, Nature Neuroscience
Check out sci.comm's Magazine cover contest…
At MPFI, our research is focused on neural circuits. Our scientists investigate fundamental aspects of these critical networks within the brain and develop new technologies that make groundbreaking discoveries possible. The knowledge emerging from this basic research is shared publicly with universities and institutions around the world to serve as a foundation for developing new treatments and cures for brain disorders.
What's your vision?
We're looking for an illustration depicting a new discovery on the connectivity and functionality of neurons in the visual cortex. Attached are some informative and inspirational images. We would like the artist to feel free to be creative. There are a few important ideas that we want to make sure are incorporated, outlined below. ATTACHMENT 1 shows a neuron (white) with different colored circles mapped on top of it that depict a specific characteristic of the dendritic spines of the neuron, as well as their spatial arrangement. (Each dot is a dendritic spine). We thought an abstraction of this image (i.e. painting, sketch...) could turn out quite beautiful and memorable. (the colored background and legends are not important) ATTACHMENT 2 shows the neuron in different angles that could also be used. While the authors thought an abstraction of ATTACHMENT 1 would be great, any other creative ideas are quite welcome. The neuron could be a different shape/angle (keeping in mind the authors are working with neurons of the visual cortex). The illustration should include the multi-colored "dots" and their spatial arrangement - that in some places along the neuron, there is the same color in clumps together, and in other parts, there are various colors scattered together. The authors are reminded of sea grapes when they see this image, and thought an image of sea grapes could work well as inspiration (image attached as well for reference/inspiration). Note from the author: The important point for the cover is that some groups of spines would be the same color together, and some groups of spines would be a mixture different colors. Note: there is no template available for the cover, but we've attached a file with cover examples to give you an idea of what they layout would look like.
While no template is available from the journal, we've attached a file with cover examples to give you an idea of what the layout would look like. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions about the design :) Our authors are looking for an original illustration, rather than a photograph or stock imagery.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Magazine cover starts at $299.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their magazine cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
sci.comm collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected 3 winners!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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