This cutaway illustration collection celebrates internal layers often unseen

Look Inside is a collection of some of the best cutaway illustrations - from the human anatomy to architecture.


Look Inside is a collection of some of the best cutaway illustrations that summon what the title suggests -further insight into a subject matter’s intricate make-up - whether it’s in the form of a detailed plane infographic, human anatomy diagram or even a sandwich illustration.

The collection of visual storytelling, curated by Juan and Samuel Velasco and published by Gestalten, was released in Europe last week and is expected to roll out globally at the end of this month.

It features detailed 3D infographics of bodies and objects, by artists who selectively remove the exterior surface of the illustration to make internal features visible, but without sacrificing the entire outer context.

Image: By Hans Jenssen, Mustang, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.

Seems complex? Cutaway illustrations essentially allow the human eye to pick apart multiple layers of a subject’s internal process from the perspective of the artist, offering an explanation of what usually remains hidden. 

Look Inside features some of the earliest known cutaway illustrations as well as work ranging from centuries past and the present.

Included illustrations from Jewish-German physician Fritz Kahn unpick his imagination of the human body as a mechanised factory; veins and valves are replaced with conveyor belts and offices.

Fabian Oefner explores every inch of a vehicle from the body shell to the individual screws through an exploding car diagram.

Image: By Fabian Oefner, Disintegrating, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.


The natural world and its many layers of hierarchies are revealed in Richard Orr’s handmade scientific illustrations – whether it’s a beaver lodge or arctic circle landscape.

These are just some of the illustrations chosen by renowned information designers and creative directors – the Velasco brothers – to feature on the 232 pages of the hardcover book.

Juan has worked as art director at National Geographic, and also as graphic arts director for the New York Times. Samuel was an original founder of daily newspaper El Mundo in Spain, and is now the creative director at 5W Inforgraphics.

You can purchase Look Inside for £35 or US$60. Check out some of the featured work on the next slides.

Image: By Raymond Biesinger, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.

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Image: By National Geographic, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.


Image: By Raymond Biesinger, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.


Image: By Martin Gamache, Lauren James, Juan Velasco, Stefan Fichtel, China's Supercaves, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.

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Image: By Jon Chonko, Scanwiches, from Look Inside, Copyright Gestalten 2016.