Tamara Deverell, the production designer for Star Trek: Discovery, joined the CBS TV series in the middle of Season One. She was tasked with quickly coming up with the exotic look.
It was all drawn in the computer in a 3D program, Rhino, and we made silicone membranes that would feel like the alien creature. It was like an organic Eden. – Tamara Deverell, IndieWire, May 16, 2018
Learn more about the production design in ’Star Trek Discovery’: How They Designed the Mirror Universe and the Klingon World.