Translating complex topics into a succinct visual summary is one of my favourite challenges. And this is exactly what I had to do for Abigail Muscat’s PhD study that explores the multifaceted factors influencing the global consumption of finite resources.

The first step in the creation of this book cover involved discussions with the author and me familiarising myself with the topic. After exploring some visual solutions we agreed that the notion of ‘finding the right balance’ is the most representative of this laborious publication. Of course the topic is too intricate to have all nuances portrayed in a single images. Nonetheless the depiction of the interaction between science and social policy does a good at introducing the content.