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Our goal at X-Illustrations is to help researchers effectively communicate scientific concepts and discoveries through visual illustrations and schematics. Our team possesses both scientific research and graphic design skills and perspectives. As scientific researchers, we first aim to understand the conceptual framework and/or mechanism you wish to communicate. At this level, we may work with you to imagine a visual representation of appropriate detail to concisely communicate your idea. As graphic designers, we next aim to take your idea and represent it with a high-quality, visually grasping, and accessible illustration and/or schematic.

Example areas of interest:

  • Visual abstracts

  • Method and/or result summaries embedded within a figure

  • Review and/or presentation diagrams

  • Event and/or lab branding

  • Other



Dylan Deska-Gauthier

Dylan is currently a 5th year PhD student studying Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Throughout Dylan’s PhD studies, he has published in collaboration with departments of Biomedical Engineering, Developmental Neurobiology, Mathematics & Statistics, Neurobiology & Anatomy, Pharmacology & Surgery, Physics & Atmospheric Sciences, and Physiology. In addition to collaborating across scientific disciplines, Dylan has also immersed himself in the world of graphic design through both self-learning and Extended Studies at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).


Hunter Barnden

Hunter has worked as a freelance graphic design artist for the past 8 years based out of Halifax, NS. Hunter attended the School of Design at George Brown College in 2010 in Toronto, ON. He then moved to Halifax and continued his studies at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) where he received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts in 2016. Hunter has done freelance graphic design work for numerous corporate and personal clients within Nova Scotia and internationally. 

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