Our immune system is essential to our health. It not only fights common ailments like cold and flu but recent medical breakthroughs have revealed its potential for fighting deadly diseases as well. But out of sight, out of mind, as the proverb goes, renders these friendly cells almost invisible, that is until we need them most. Japanese designer and illustrator Masanobu Ishii decided to create a series of detailed illustrations of the life-saving immune system cells.
Ishii scoured through medical literature prior to getting to work and his illustrations are based on scientific observations that are supplemented by his own imagination. Even with current micro-photography, the details of many of these cells are simply too small to observe. But one element that Ishii was keen on capturing was the idea that each of these cells has a will and consciousness that’s akin to our own, a theory that is becoming increasingly evident. Ishii imagined each cell as an autonomous world with numerous worlds within it.