Medical Illustrations for eLearning System

Anatomy of the bowel and rectum

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Client: Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Medium: Digital, (Photoshop & HTML5)
Categories: Digital Systems, EHR


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is one of the oldest surgical organisations in the world and traces its origins to 1505 when the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh were formally incorporated as a Craft Guild of Edinburgh. It’s an organisation dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice, through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical workforce.

Brief were commissioned by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to complete illustrations for their eLearning system. An eLearning system is electronic learning, and typically this means the user using a computer to access the course or as part of a mandatory anatomy training course or a full distance learning course.

From the start it was important for us to gather the correct parameters of the eLearning system so that we could provide the illustrations in a ready format so they would be suitable for the systems interface. We needed to complete a number of medical illustrations and the medical content was to show diseases of the rectum and altered bowel habit and the surgical techniques used to correct the disease.

The Result

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh supplied base reference material of example sketches and notes to explain what was required for each illustration. For convenience this was in the form of a PowerPoint document and we were to be advised when necessary on the content and context of the illustrations to assist in the completion of the work. The result was the completion of highly detailed medical illustrations covering bowel anatomy and disease.

“Joanna has a great eye for detail and the illustrations were loved by everyone, most especially by the client.”Stuart Banks, Digital Project Manager, Frontera
“Joanna was right at home working with us to develop illustrations that both met our clinical needs and fit perfectly into the aesthetics of our user interface. Her work is superb!”Michael Gold , Director of Product Development, CareCloud
“We have now received the new folder with your illustrations: I love it!”Lisa Ruckstuhl - Product Manager Osteoporosis, Daiichi Sankyo (Schweiz) AG
“I’m really pleased with how the book finally looks and that is in part huge thanks to Jo for such fantastic and skilled art. The level of detail that Jo achieves is incredible and her medical knowledge clearly abounds. She is always such a pleasure to work with – nothing is too big or small a job. It was all approached with the same cheery manner! Jo always delivered on deadlines too, which is a huge relief to us designers! Many thanks – it has indeed been a pleasure. I would have no hesitation to recommend Jo!”Senior Designer, Duncan Baird Publishers
“Joanna and her team are a pleasure to work with. They are responsive and creative. They turned around several excellent animations and drawings for our video series. We certainly would enjoy working with them again!”David Mathison, MD, MBA, Associate Director of Pediatric Transport, Children's National Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, George Washington University School of Medicine
“Joanna has provided the core illustrations for a number of our iPad Apps, and her illustrations have received terrific reviews from our users. She understands our requirements clearly and also understands the specifics of illustrating for digital media and mobile applications. The quality of her work is outstanding, and she can be relied upon to hit deadlines and deliver to the exact clinical requirements of each project.”Todd Morgan, Co-Founder, drawMD
“Hello Tim and Joanna,
Thank you for the illustrations, you have done an outstanding job on the finished articles… The service provided was efficient and very thorough, we were very happy with the way you able to understand and translate the brief into an illustration which captured the desired output.”Clare Lynex, Senior Medical Writer, UBM Media Asia, Singapore
“We found to be energetic, imaginative, and efficient, a joy to work with!”Dr Sam Alberti, Director of Museums and Archives, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London