Wallace

A book celebrating the legendary Victorian naturalist, explorer, and environmentalist Alfred Russel Wallace.

Illustration, Infographics, Graphic design

Wallace

Co-published by Under the Skin and Another Escape, a book that celebrates the British naturalist-explorer Alfred Russel Wallace.

We enthusiastically embarked on a project to highlight and celebrate some of the incredible species found in this region of the world.

Rachel Taylor Co-founder of Another Escape

The Brief

  • Alfred Russel Wallace was an adventurer, botanist, biologist, and co-discoverer of the theory of evolution alongside Charles Darwin.
  • Wallace was also one of the first environmentalists who spoke up against the damage humans were doing to the natural world in the 1870's.
  • I led the creative direction of this 64-page bound publication that pays tribute to Wallace's life work and contributions to science.

The Idea

  • The book takes readers on a journey through the rainforests of Borneo, accompanied by Wallace as he discovers and collects specimens in his eccentric and curious manner.
  • I created illustrations, iconography and infographics to compliment Another Escape's compelling copywriting.
  • I laid out the written and visual content in a 10-column grid, adding drop caps and flourishes to the typography, interweaving playful illustrations of Victorian tools and implements.

The Result

  • The book was displayed in the 2019 World Illustration Awards alongside a number of other published books by industry leaders in illustration.
  • The publication has been shipped around the world, from China to the United States, to accompany each of the Under the Skin screenprints in the Wallace Series.

The details make the design

I used to a 10-column grid to layout the content throughout the book, interweaving spot illustrations of old Victorian tools and specimens from page-to-page.

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An adventure awaits

The book takes readers on a journey through the rainforests of Borneo, accompanied by Wallace as he documents species on his travels. The aim was to evoke delight and surprise on every turn of a page.

Visualising data beautifully

Wallace had an eccentric, obsessive and curious approach to his specimen collections. Colourful infographics were used to visualise the staggering amount of species he discovered and collected during his travels.

A tribute to a true environmentalist

The ultimate aim was to create a colourful publication that pays homage to Alfred Russel Wallace. He was not only a prolific scientist but also one of the world's first environmentalists who spoke up against the damage humans were doing to the natural world in the 1870's.