Public Education

How mRNA Vaccines Work Updated January 29, 2021

We wanted to make a really complex process a little easier for the public to understand. This is part of the story of how mRNA vaccines create immunity to COVID-19.

How Do COVID mRNA Vaccines Work? This illustration depicts the molecular function of the mRNA vaccines.

COVID vs. Vaccine (3D Printing Analogy) Updated January 29, 2021

COVID produces copies of the entire SARS-CoV-2 virus within your cells. The vaccine gives your body instructions to make just a small, non-functioning part of the virus. The process it uses to make it is a lot like computer code being used by a 3-D printer to make a single piece of a larger machine.

SARS-COV-2 vs. Vaccine. This illustration depicts the production of spike protein by the body after the vaccine.

Exhalation Valves Updated July 8, 2020

Exhalation valves are common on masks, especially those designed for fitness, due to their increased comfort. The escape of moisture that enhances their performance makes them potentially deadly if used as "source control" in a pandemic. We designed this simple image to be easily sharable on social media.

Illustration of viral particles escaping an exhalation valve and invading the airspace of a nearby person

Antibodies and Immunity Updated May 15, 2020

This image was used by Emory University Woodruff Health Sciences Center to explain a study about COVID-19 antibodies and immunity. This image compares different types of antibody tests, and is intended to help facilitate easier understanding by the public of a very complex subject.

"Antibody Tests: Testing Your Blood for COVID-19". Series of illustrations depicting COVID-19 antibody testing.

SARS-CoV-2 Virus Spike (S) Protein Updated February 27, 2020

The Spike (S) protein of SARS-CoV-2 is what the virus uses to gain entry into human cells via the ACE2 receptor. We modeled and rendered this protein using real data published from the McLellan Lab in Austin, TX.

Spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

SARS-CoV-2 Virus Updated February 17, 2020

This is image is an artistic representation of the virus that causes COVID-19. We used accurate protein models in a 3-Dimensional digital space in order to depict the virus. This image has been used on many Emory internal and external communications about COVID-19.

Illustration of SARS-CoV-2 virus

Animated 360 view of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus based on data from the Protein Data Bank. If you work for Emory, please contact us if you need the original movie file instead of this YouTube link.

Internal Communications

Care Partner Education Updated October 23, 2020

This handout is designed to explain Emory Healthcare's Care Partner program to families and visitors. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was vital to protect the health of our patients and staff, so visitation policies needed to be updated and communicated in a compassionate way. This allowed families to understand the options and limitations.

Small flyer (PDF 1MB)

Flu and COVID Poster Updated October 13, 2020

We designed this sign to be printed in a large format and posted indoors at Emory Healthcare hospital and clinical locations so that patients, visitors, and staff would increase health behaviors that prevent the spread of flu and COVID. We also designed a smaller flyer that can be posted within individual units.

Small flyer (PDF 3.8MB)

The poster is deceptively simple on the surface but draws upon principles of psychology and design to engage the viewer. We only have milliseconds to engage them. Humans beings are drawn to faces, and eyes in particular. This is what grabs the initial attention of the viewer. The image is a little humorous, which helps the subject let down their guard and feel curious. Then they see the red bold word "STOP" which subconsciously urges the viewer to literally slow or stop their movement and pay more careful attention. The subject of the sign "Flu and COVID" is the next bit of information registered, so the topic is immediately understood. Now that they are fully engaged, they are presented with simple, memorable, visual actions that they are urged to take.

Thank You For Wearing a Mask Updated July 23, 2020

We designed this sign to be printed in a large format and posted at each entryway into Emory Healthcare hospital and clinical locations so that patients and visitors can better understand masking practices that will keep themselves and others safe during the COVID pandemic. We also designed a smaller flyer that can be posted within individual units.

Large sign
Small flyer

Citrate Protocol (ICU) Updated April 7, 2020

This piece was designed to be printed and displayed on a dialysis cart in the ER to guide the citrate protocol administration in the intensive care unit. The goal is to help healthcare providers and increase patient safety at the point of care.

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