We are looking for an ‘album cover’ for a set of academic research papers related to the theme of megafauna. Traditionally the ‘album cover’ presents and markets a themed collection of music tracks. We want to apply the same concept to a themed set of research papers.
The artwork will be used for the cover of a special ‘Megafauna issue’ of the academic journal http://www.pnas.org/. This is an outcome of the 2014 Oxford Megafauna meeting http://oxfordmegafauna.weebly.com/
Special issues of academic journals are growing in popularity. They bring together collections of work that either frame a progressive new area of research.
In addition, the artwork will appear in publicity surrounding the publication of the special issue (reproduced on websites, in blog posts, via twitter etc.) by authors of the papers in their lectures (projected via powerpoint) and as a piece or artwork to hang in the offices/departments of those involved.
The artwork should be unique enough that people can recognise as a glance as linked the ideas of megafauna and ecosystems. It should be designed to last for a long time.
It should reflect our values of authoritative, ‘edgy’ and open science. It should avoid clichéd imagery and too much ornamentation.
We have no particular views on stylistic approach and colours – it is up to your imagination and creativity.
The artwork should appeal to an audience of academics, scientists policy-makers and students interested in animals and the natural world.
The design should capture and express the key science concepts in the special issue, namely
Megafauna – the ‘album’ title. These are the large animals that once roamed the seas and land and which we have a few species left.
Ecosystems – a network of interacting organisms and their physical environment and the functions and processes that emerge from these interactions
Cascades – tropic cascades which means the cascading effects between predators, prey (herbivores), vegetation and nutrient cycles
Flows – particularly of nutrients across large scales
Restoration – the vision of rebuilding tropic cascade and with this functioning and flourishing ecosystems by restoring megafauna to landscapes. Either by reintroducing those we have or using surrogates (e.g. de-domesticated cattle and horses)