Martin Barker

Martin Barker is London-based graphic designer with specialist skills in illustration and animation.

Rapid Reviews Animation

BDJ, 2017

The animation, ‘Oral health is not just about the mouth’ was commissioned to promote a series of research papers published in the British Dental Journal. The papers looked at the associations between oral health and heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and dementia.

Gathering all of the evidence from the research and cherry-picking the best nuggets of information. The animation communicates a series of key messages through five animated characters – the mouth, heart, lungs, blood and brain.

The comic book style of the animation was inspired by the Mr Men series of children’s books, which luckily, I just happened to be reading to my son whilst trying to find an engaging approach for this subject. The uncomplicated bold imagery provided a simple and direct way to communicate this important series of research papers.


Martin Barker
Graphic Design • Illustration • Animation


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