2024 Best in Graphic Design/Infographic – Stella Peng

Tiny Trouble


Digital illustrator (Drawing)


My Tiny Trouble is an adorable and informative illustration delving into the world of Salmonella, skillfully bridging scientific intricacies with accessible visual storytelling. By merging cartoon aesthetics with precise scientific representation, this work serves as a unique educational tool. The use of a scientifically relevant color palette, expressive characters, and accurate bacterial structures offers a balance between engagement and information. The illustration unfolds a narrative through the interplay of characters, showcasing Salmonella’s motility, pathogenicity, and symptomatic actions.pathogenicity, and symptomatic actions. The microscopic landscape serves as a metaphorical battleground, enhancing comprehension of microbial dynamics. I endeavor to seamlessly use science and art, making Salmonella approachable and comprehensible.

My illustration, Tiny Trouble, is an adorable yet informative take on the notorious bacterium, Salmonella. My work seeks to bridge the gap between the complexities of Salmonella and the accessibility of visual storytelling. By intertwining the aesthetics of cartoons with the precision of scientific representation, I was trying to serve this work as a unique educational tool. 

The artistic components of the work aim to engage the audience through a cute and cartoonish troublemaker. The color palette I choose is scientifically relevant, since shades of green dominate the illustration, reflecting the classic coloration of Salmonella bacteria. This deliberate artistic choice aims to make the subject approachable and relatable, breaking down the barriers often associated with scientific topics.The use of color and visual cues helps convey the seriousness of the topic while maintaining a lighthearted tone. The balance between informative content and engaging visuals ensures that the audience can grasp the scientific aspects of Salmonella without feeling overwhelmed. 

In my Tiny Trouble, scientific principles are explained through the infographic. The bacterium’s structure is accurately represented, with flagella and pili visible, showcasing key features responsible for Salmonella’s motility and pathogenicity. The interplay between the bacteria and the host cells reflects the complex dynamics of infection and immune response. What’s more, symptoms of Salmonella infection are illustrated through the characters’ actions. Some Salmonella bacteria are shown infiltrating the digestive system, while others are depicted causing inflammation. The use of expressive angry facial features on the bacteria helps convey the severity of symptoms in a relatable and engaging manner. 

The microscopic landscape forms an important narrative element in the illustration. Through the main three visuals, I’ve illustrated the intestinal cells as a backdrop not only contextualizing the setting but also serving as a visual metaphor for the battleground between Salmonella and human organisms, facilitating a deeper understanding of the microbial world. These whole ideation and structural details are not only visually interesting but also serve an educational purpose, offering viewers a glimpse into the features that contribute to Salmonella’s ability to move and cause infection.