American Nurseryman: Bad Bugs

“Tracking the Bad Bugs” is an oldie, but a great example of a cover with a custom illustration that came together quickly.

The only images available for the cover story were small images of the bugs, but somehow they needed to be presented in an attractive and compelling way on the cover. I came up with the radar motif to tie them together, then created the composite one afternoon using Adobe Photoshop, drawing the radar machine and outlining each bug. The cover won an American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA for best cover.