steampunk phage original and negative

Steampunk Phage Copyright © 2015. All rights reserved. Original (left) and color negative (right).

Steampunk Phage – Its contagious style will be sure to delight your inner geek.


Bacteriophage, or phage, viruses that infect bacteria, pre-date dinosaurs. They are the most abundant and diverse organisms in the biosphere. They have been in a constant state of evolution and have adjusted to their environment while exchanging genes and traits with their bacterial hosts. In the end, they make sense, and are beautiful in their own unique ways, like a patchwork quilt or a post-apocalyptic robot constructed with spare parts and gears.

This was my first Steampunk Phage design. It was built from repurposed gears and machine parts like a retro-futuristic steampunk style robot. It became the visual identity for a regional science symposium for undergraduate students in Florida and later its negative color image became the theme for a week-long, international virus discovery workshop for science professors.