MUSE Gold

2022

Zeisberg Lab - Simplifying Technical Complexity Using Design

Entrant Company

Blue Hat

Category

Video - COVID-19-Related

Client's Name

Zeisberg Lab, Göttingen University Medical Center

Country / Region

Portugal

Zeisberg Lab is a laboratory performing medical research within the Göttingen University Medical Center, Germany. In response to the global pandemic, Zeisberg Lab shifted its focus on finding solutions against COVID-19. The Zeisberg Lab medical team were introducing an innovative technology to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and they wanted to present it to potential investors for their next research phases’ funding.



In collaboration with Zeisberg Lab, Blue Hat handled the project through phases. First, mapping out a script in simplified terms to adapt to an audience that might not be well-versed in medical terminology. After that, we created storyboards with designed graphic elements to be animated. Finally, we synchronized everything with the subtitles, and conducted a session where we had a scientific validation of the graphics.



As design follows function, all the graphic elements in the video serve a certain purpose, not just for aesthetics. The topography was chosen to exhibit technical terms clearly and make the abstract more understandable. The color palette was related to human anatomy, and also included color coding to explain different notions, i.e. different variants of COVID, RNAs.



For the audio, we adopted a scientific and factual tone of voice and script. The VO conveys assertion while still being explanatory. The rhythm of the song is purposeful because it starts with a certain tempo, then changes into a positive note when we introduce the solution, while keeping the scientific aspect present.

The main solved challenge in this project was that we were able to depict scientific complexity with aesthetic simplicity, using design.



With Zeisberg Lab, Blue Hat managed to simplify even the most technical terms to individuals with non-scientific backgrounds. Through this animated video, Blue Hat created a design that conveyed sensitive yet digestible information, clearly and accurately.

Zeisberg Lab presented the final animation to investors through two applications and secured a funding of 1,500,000€. For the next phases, it will undergo a third application.



*The technology’s name has now been changed from Tarvigen to TheraCov.

Credits

Managing Director, Co-Founder
Sami Hmaidan
Innovation Director, Co-Founder
Judy Maamari
Head of Design
Hayat Sheikh
Innovation Strategist
Elif Taş
Brand and Communication Strategist
Yara Jaber
Animator
Ahmad Shami
Prof Dr. me
Elisabeth Zeisberg
Msc
Sabine Maamari
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