isa loureiro

isa loureiro

A creative creature born in a village in the north of Portugal, near the lines that are drawn and blurred by the sea, she continued her studies in the Design career at the University of Aveiro to later work professionally in a design studio in Barcelona, for 7 years, reaching the category of senior graphic designer.

Always close to the lines of the drawing and passionately illustrating each project she undertakes, she decided to refine her skills by completing the General Illustration Course at Visions School – Illustration and Calligraphy, in Barcelona. Today she works as a Freelance Designer and Illustrator, always ready to get involved in projects or commissions that put her imagination and her hand to the test.

For this project, it was necessary to create a magazine cover that, in a conceptual and direct way, would discuss the main characteristics of mRNA vaccines that are being developed to combat Covid19.

Unlike many conventional vaccines that are based on the entire inactivated virus, mRNA vaccines introduce only the genetic information of the virus’s protein S (Spike) into our cells, which are the spikes that characterize it so much. Then, with the information from this RNA (ribonucleic acid), our cells start to reproduce copies of protein S, which do not affect our health, but are used by our antibodies to identify and recognize them later, creating immunity, in the case that the real virus enters our body.

For the cover illustration of this magazine, I looked for a composition and color palette that were striking and attractive, that inspired readers to buy and read.

I did an extensive research on the shape and structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for Covid’s disease19, analyzing the shape of all its proteins. I represented a single virus, in large size and centered on the cover, with a palette of warm colors and contrasted with the background.

To give a positive and hopeful message to this cover, the virus is being attacked by immunoglobulin, our antibodies, as a result of the vaccine’s effectiveness. In the foreground I represent the vaccine with indication to one of the spikes of the virus, which implies that its genetic information is the main component of the mRNA vaccines.

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