ATS illustration and graphic design services support our academic and outreach missions by providing custom illustrations, graphics, icon development, brochure and poster design, cartoons and advanced multimedia & PowerPoint development.



ATS artists help clients communicate information for education, research, and public service. Clients seek our help to convey complex ideas or accumulations of data through clear illustrations that illuminate the critical points.

Our illustrations can be used in PowerPoint presentations, poster sessions, publications, and web sites. Using both digital and traditional tools, Academic Technology Services artists and designers can help you present your ideas to your students and to the world.

  • Brochures and Pamphlets We can design brochures and pamphlets from a client’s slides, photographs, and/or digital files.
  • Medical Illustrations Our artists work in conjunction with doctors, interns, and residents at the UC Davis Medical Center to provide them with illustrations of medical procedures to help explain their techniques and the possible results for the patient. We also illustrate organs, bones, and other parts of the anatomy that can be used in medical journals, academic texts, and publications for the general public.
  • Scientific Illustrations We create a broad range of scientific artwork for the purpose of instruction, research, and public outreach. Scientists can bring in a wide variety of materials for our artists to work from. Artists can also go to laboratories and work on-location to take photos and draw sketches.
  • Animated Illustrations Animation involves working with graphics, illustrations, photos, and words to show movement over time. The animated object is created with software such as After Effects, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Elastic Reality, and can be viewed on a television or computer screen. Animation often helps communicate difficult concepts or processes by showing the viewer events that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Graphic Design, Posters, & Cartoons

If clients seek more than just an illustration, they may wish to use our graphic design service. Our graphic art group can create an entire presentation with the data, illustrations, and ideas that our clients want to convey. Examples of our work can be found in the Academic Technology Services Gallery.

  • Logos ATS artists can design client logos with a variety of artistic mediums ranging from pen and ink, pencil, acrylic, oil, pastels, airbrush, and programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Poster Sessions A poster session is a collage of graphs, tables, photographs, illustrations, and text that visually present a subject, such as a research project, on a large piece of poster paper. Clients can meet with one of our artists with an idea of the layout already in mind, or our artists can design the poster session independently and prepare it for the clients’ approval.
  • Cartoons Cartoons are one way for instructors to creatively reach their students, however, this artistic medium is not limited to instruction. Cartoons are visually stimulating ways to communicate information to an audience. Our artists combine traditional cartooning tools and formats with modern art software.

PowerPoint and Presentations

Clients seeking professional help with developing and organizing a visual display should contact our designers. Our staff can either work on an assignment independently, or clients can bring a partially completed project in for us to work from. Using both digital and traditional tools, Academic Technology Services artists and designers can help you present your ideas to your students and to the world.

  • Presentations Clients can either bring in a graphics, or our artists can design them for you; either way, we can help you represent your material in a clear and engaging fashion.
  • PowerPoint Presentations Our artists create graphics that can enliven your PowerPoint presentation. To illustrate our clients’ ideas, we can draw illustrations with pen and ink, pencil, acrylic, oil, pastels, watercolors, or airbrush that can then be scanned and inserted into a PowerPoint presentation.