Microzine: Beta-endorphin

July 17, 2014

I chose to focus my zine on one particular type of endorphin: beta-endorphin. I’m interested in endorphins in general because I’ve heard a lot about them, especially with regards to ‘runner’s high’, so I wanted to research them and get a better understanding of how they work.

I tried to give a general overview of what beta-endorphin is, what it does and how it works. I a couple of ‘fun facts’ as well in a (hopefully successful) attempt to not become to monotonous.

Most of the zines on Small Science Collective used hand drawn illustrations rather than photographs or clip art, so I tried to incorporate that as best I could (DISCLAIMER: I am not an artist). I also tried to include different colors to liven my zine up.


Microzine! – Dopamine

July 15, 2014

Hey Everyone,

So to start off, I would just like to say, I AM NOT AN ARTISTIC PERSON.

I was once called to the front of the class to draw a tree, and it is still remembered, four years later, as the greatest worst tree the world has ever seen. They call it the Dhruv Tree.

So that’s out of the way.

Thank you Dr. Aizenman for this really cool tool to convey information. I had never previously heard of a zine.

I chose dopamine because I had heard a lot about it from YouTube and the media but wanted to delve a little deeper into the chemistry and the effects of dopamine.

I tried to convey the uses and effects of dopamine in the brain. I also tried to incorporate some humor into the zine so that it would be slightly more enjoyable. Where’s my Dope? was my first idea; with that title, I decided I should definitely not try to be serious. However, there are some parts where seriousness was required like with the controversy over dopamine as a treatment for schizophrenia.

I tried to use the computer as much as possible to mask my dearth of artistic ability, but did attempt to not just use black and white.

After gluing all the individual cutouts on to the zine, I drew a couple pictures that corresponded or related to the information being conveyed.

That’s about it!