Todd Buck, Professor of Illustration in NIU’s School of Art and Design is among those featured by Creative Bloom as “one of 16 medical illustrators doing groundbreaking work.

Medical illustration is a specialized field that has gained increased importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as the “need for clear and unambiguous visuals to educate citizens on a range of medical concepts has risen like never before.”

“Medical illustrators are professionals with advanced education in both the life sciences and visual communication. Assignments often require extensive background research, reading scientific papers, and perhaps observing a surgery or a laboratory procedure. Collaboration with scientists, physicians and other specialists can be an integral part of the creative process, as they transform complex information into visual images that communicate and educate in a way that photography just can’t compete with.”

Buck develops and creates medical and scientific illustrations for pharmaceutical and biotech advertising and marketing, medical and consumer publishing, as well as web-based patient education media. His illustrations have been exhibited in museums in the USA, Chile and Hong Kong.

Asthma - Todd Buck

“Asthma” – Todd Buck

Todd is Professor of Illustration at Northern Illinois University School of Art and Design. In 1990 he earned his Master’s Degree in Medical Illustration from The University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Biomedical Visualization. In 1987 he earned his BA in Biological PreMedical Illustration (BPMI) from Iowa State University. 
 Todd is a Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators and has presented workshops at the Association of Medical Illustrators national conference, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators conference, and the Midwest Medical Illustrators meeting. Todd is a Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI). Todd’s illustrations have been displayed at Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Sciences, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the National Library of Medicine in Maryland, The Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago, Chile, and the Hong Kong Science Museum.