As you may or may not know, I’m doing a podcast from this blog every week or so now. It’s my way of trying to hone my skills at public speaking and storytelling. Anyway, I created some cover art for it. First there was this:
Then there was this:
I like the second one better because I’ve “hidden” some epidemiology-related “Easter eggs” in it. If you look closely, you’ll see what I mean.
In the whites of the eye you’ll see a blurred image of John Snow’s cholera map. Then, if you look closely, you’ll see that the blue reflection in the pupils have something in them. You’ll have to click on the image to see a larger version of it.
Do you see it? It’s the influenza virus. My favorite virus.
Finally, the pupils are themselves a bit of a take on the Epidemic Intelligence Service’s logo:
Where the epidemiologists of old had to walk a lot to do their epidemiology, today’s epidemiologist (while still hitting the ground and doing stuff), have to “wear out” their eyes in looking for patterns in the data. Hence the pupil with the “hole” in it in the cover art.
See what I mean?
So that’s it for this cover art. If you head over to “Voices of Public Health“, my other podcasting project, you’ll see that the John Snow map is featured prominently throughout the site. I’ve commissioned a graphics artist to create the cover art and logo for that site, and you can be sure there will be some hidden imagery in that one as well. But you’ll have to wait for that until next month.