In 1980, there were just five Black Robins remaining, ‘Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket’ is the story of the Black Robin’s rescue from certain extinction through the use of cross-fostering, a technique in which offspring are removed from their biological parents and raised by surrogates. In the case of the Black Robin the eggs and chicks were incubated and raised by Black Robins, Warblers, and Tomtits – in some cases one chick would have three sets of parents, all different species. Prior to its use in the Black Robin programme, cross-fostering had only been used in captivity, this offered new choices for the management of threatened species worldwide.
The concept of this work was to typographically communicate the cross-fostering and the recovery of the Black Robin population that it led to. These themes were translated into the keywords – increase (of the population) and transfer (eggs that were to be cross-fostered had to be moved between nests and frequently to a different island).
This work was designed in response to the 'Milestones' brief from the ISTD student assessment in 2015.