Our mission was to create a Holiday card that visually reflects life sciences.
To visualise a snowflake-shaped protein structure, rendered in a ribbon representation, to link molecular biology with holiday decoration and festive season greetings.
Searching for the perfect protein
In collaboration with our colleagues at EMBL-EBI, we conducted a deep search to find suitable protein structures for our visual concept.
After some deliberation, PDB entry 6TV0, Serratia spp. Cynase hydratase, released in January of 2021 by EMBL researchers, was selected as our feature protein. This protein is important because it converts cynate (a toxic ion) into carbon dioxide and ammonia (harmless chemicals that can easily be removed from the body).
Playing with style
Choosing style and colors was the next step of the process. We selected a gold and green color palette, to introduce a festive holiday mood and align with EMBL’s corporate design.
The message and scientific credits
We drafted the text in parallel to the protein render, to include a subtle play on words as you read and open the card.
We added the PDB file reference to emphasise the scientific accuracy of our holiday card.
Final look and feel
We hope that you enjoyed this year’s holiday card. Happy 2022 from the EMBL Creative Team!