The Future of Science Illustration

Hello all,

I'm currently studying graphic design and one of our assessments was to write an article about possible future trends within a chosen area of specialisation (I choose to do scientific illustration) and get feedback from relevant practitioners.

I would greatly appreciated it if anyone could spare some time to read and provide some feedback on my article.

My article can be viewed through the following link:

Thank you! 

Kind regards,

Emma Wakeling



Hi Emma:
Your article and layout appears to be graphically clean, easy to read, and succinct.
I don't know if you want editorial comments about the text. I found several small items, that could be a result of cultural writing preferences. In the US, we may use the plural "media" for the term "mediums".  Also, the last sentence of page 2 continuing into page 3, "Water colour paints are also a technique…. ", technically "water colour painting" is the technique, and "water colour paints" are the medium.

The thing that stood out to me as a content issue, is with in the first paragraph of page 3. It implies that watercolor is inferior to acrylic because of the tendency to fade.  This isn't is true anymore. In early years of illustration, the use of gouache (opaque watercolor) in particular had tendencies to fade, but for a long time both watercolor and gouache pigments have been lightfast. They still make some colors that fade, but experienced illustrators know not to use them. I know far more illustrators who prefer watercolor over acrylic.

I hope this is helpful. Congratulations on your project.
Very best,
Linda M. Feltner


You may want to work your text in a few places.  The first sentance does not read quite right. The first clause is an unfinished though that is trying to set up the discussion of the second clause.

"From the beginning of human history, illustrations have become a fundamental tool through which we communicate information."

You could say: "As humans have evolved, methods of communication have also evolved. Illustrations..."

Or: "The span of recorded human histoy shows increased sophistication and complexity in communications. Illustration..."

Linda's thoughts on acrylic verses watercolor may have some validity, but you can still contend acrylic has an advatage in speed and correctability.


Hey Linda,

Thank you so much for all the helpful feedback. I will defiantly make the changes to my article.

Kind regards,

Emma Wakeling

Hey Britt,

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article. Your feedback is very helpful and it will certainly aid my article.

Kind regards,

Emma Wakeling

Page 4, last paragraph. The 2nd sentence is the reason that supports the first sentence so "also" is not necessary. "Boarder" should be "broader".  

You might elaborate on why you think it is necessary that illustrators develop traditional skills. I happen to agree, but you could support your statement better. You might touch on how learning how to visually analyze what the illustrator sees applies to both traditional and digital media. In my teaching, I tend to see an increasing number of students who work very little by hand and rely mostly on digital methods. I'm not sure there's a correct approach, but I do see more of a digital tendency these days, for better or worse.

Another point that you could make is that understanding principles of design applies to everything - traditional media, digital media, video and animation, etc. I tend to find that students learn basics better away from the computer because they are not distracted by the technology (and instead, focus on the concepts). But then I am careful to make principles and concepts are applied to digital work.

I might not use the header "Designer Skills", since you don't refer to designers in the paragraph. But maybe title it "Development of Skills" or something like that. 

While not specifically aimed at scientific illustration, you might find this article interesting:

If you are not familiar with Milton Glaser, he is a respected graphic designer who has taught for many years, and is one of the people responsible for developing graphic design as something taught as part of university art programs. 

Your article is nicely laid out, easy to read. Nice balance of illustrations to text.

Karen Ackoff