The name RubberDuck Illustration is inspired by the computer coding method of Rubber Duck Debugging.
This technique is used to solve problems by explaining them to an uninformed listener, such as a rubber duck!
Step by step explanation often results in re-evaluation that leads to a deeper understanding and problem solving.
As an illustrator (with a non-scientific background), I imagine myself to be a rubber duck with drawing skills.
Scientists I work with are required to explain their process in detail in order for me to visualize it effectively. This exchange helps to reveal elements of the research that need to be clarified and leads to illustrations that are accessible to viewers with varying levels of knowledge in the field.
I enjoy the interdisciplinary nature of this work as it provides an opportunity for me to create images that require specificity as well as artistic value. I aim to create work that is both visually memorable and scientifically meaningful.
I hold an MFA from The University of British Columbia and a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Art. I have also completed targeted graphic design course work at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with any inquiries.
- Rahel Wachs