top of page is a comprehensive online resource dedicated to anatomy education created by Dr. Claudia Krebs and her team at the HIVE at UBC. Our website offers a diverse range of eco systems, specifically designed for each body and organ system. These eco systems consist of various media and modes of study, including online interactive learning modules, animations, videos, 2D illustrations, and 3D recreations.

The resources featured on our website are the result of a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach. Because the website is created for students of diverse health care professions at UBC, such as medicine, kinesiology, and midwifery, they are the students creating the materials. The students work closely with content experts, including UBC faculty, and our talented team of designers at the HIVE, which includes myself as the medical illustrator.

The students themselves are the artists behind these projects, often joining with little to no prior experience in illustration techniques and software. To streamline their efforts and ensure cohesiveness across all materials and learning modules, I established a workflow and illustration style guide when I was hired in 2017.

Our workflow follows these key steps:

  1. Settling on scope and learning objectives: We define the scope of each project and establish clear learning objectives.

  2. Research and information collection: Students conduct comprehensive research on the topic, collaborating closely with content experts to curate accurate and concise information that aligns with the module objectives.

  3. Sketching and thumbnailing storyboards for interactive modules using storyboarding templates: Students dedicate time to brainstorm the most effective and engaging ways to present the information. We encourage the use of storytelling techniques, such as comics and patient narratives.

  4. Creating wireframes on PowerPoint: Students create wireframes, incorporating the approved text. This step provides the team with clarity on the presentation structure. Once approved, students can proceed to create the assets associated with the information.

  5. Creating supporting medical illustrations and animations: Through an in house crash course in Adobe Illustrator, students learn the necessary skills to create supporting medical illustrations and animations. They also familiarize themselves with the HIVE style, which includes a dedicated color palette with specific codes for bone, muscle, fat, tissue, and more. Moreover, they adhere to prescribed line weights and textures.

Throughout the process, students regularly meet the team to review and iterate at each step to maintain the highest quality standards and ensure cohesive outcomes.

I have had the privilege of closely working on several learning modules, each representing an incredible team collaboration. These modules showcase our dedication and passion for providing exceptional educational resources in the field of anatomy.

Here are a few examples of learning modules where my contributions were most significant.

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