1. Ideation + Design
After exploratory research into the biomolecular specifics of rabies, I had a great deal of information on the disease—and not a great deal of space. My initial layout explorations were designed to get a feel of the pages I had, and to isolate the story that I wanted to tell. Stylistically, I knew that a graphical, illustrative depiction would be more appealing and less cluttered than a more realistic, rendered style, and worked with that restriction from the beginning.
Two preliminary layouts are pictured below: (1) Left, depicts a vaccine-focused layout with a limited view of the virus itself; (2) Right, depicts a timeline-focused view on the progression of the disease, with considerable overlaps with other sections.
2. Colour + Final layout
Given the quantity of information I wanted to convey, it became clear that a visual focus was needed, not only to maintain visual interest but to split the layout into distinct sections. I took the centered rabies virus from my preliminary explorations and began to adjust it, as well as the textual hierarchy, to make the layout easier to parse. A complementary colour palette with a salient central figure became the root of the final piece.