The brain is the centre of our consciousness and responsible for our feelings and behaviour. It enables us to breathe, think and talk. Without it, life as we know it would not be possible. This project focuses on the macroscopic anatomy of the arteries and their relationship to the structures of the brain. The digital 3D model of the brain created for this purpose shows a complex aneurysm (bulging in the arteries) in the so-called Sylvian fissure (lateral sulcus), an area in the temporal region of the brain. By means of the 3D model, images can be generated which visualise the anatomy of the brain and help to plan possible steps in a surgical procedure. Thus, the model facilitates a better understanding of complex brain structures and also serves as a surgical planning tool for future neurosurgeons.
With his highly detailed analysis of the blood vessels in the structures of the human brain, Alen Guberinic delivers a conceptually impressive and distinctive result. The intuitively navigable 3D model, which he created from scratch, and the striking stills are convincing both in terms of their scientific merit and design. Despite being located in the science-to-science field, the project manages to make the complexity of the brain’s anatomy easily comprehensible to all. Research and methodology are evidence of an in-depth study of the conventions of medical illustration and a clear vision as a designer. The innovative and attractive visual language is indicative of a paradigmatic change regarding the use of teaching materials in medicine. Through its reflections on the role of the designer in dialogue with scientific experts, the project points the way ahead for the profession in this field. Models and stills can be used straight away by the project partner in the training of neurosurgeons, but also have great potential for further development.
Dr. Lucius Fekonja, Clinic for Neurosurgery at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
«My project supports neurosurgeons in training and offers a tool which enables a better understanding of the complex neurovascular anatomy of the human brain.» – Alen Guberinic
«In future, I see myself as part of a team, in a museum, a hospital or a research institute. I design for people and hope to expand their horizons with my products.» – Alen Guberinic