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© 2019 by Lauren Huff Visuals. All rights reserved.

CLIENT

Professor Shelley Wall

MEDIA

Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC

AUDIENCE

Undergraduate Students

ABOUT

This project was intended as a one-page textbook spread showing the developing cortical layers in the embryonic brain and patterns of neuronal migration. The schematic at the top illustrates how layers appear in the cortex over time, and a call out shows neurons 'in action' as they climb up the glial cells.

EARLY NEOCORTICAL DEVELOPMENT and neuronal migration

Process

This project started as a series of tissue cubes showing the different layers as well as individual migrating neurons, but I quickly realized that this wasn't a good way to show the temporal aspect of cortical layer development. Instead of separate tissue cubes, I used a single, more diagrammatic cube that changes along a time axis, and showed the action of the migrating neurons In a fully-rendered conceptualized snapshot.

To create this, I created a rough 3D maquette of the neurons to visualize their positions in space and used this as a base for vector paths that were then taken into Photoshop. The slider below shows my rough concept sketches and maquette as this project progressed.