• Maayan Harel

Visual communication for scientists (a crash course), Good figures in 6 Steps, and resources!

Updated: Jan 2

I am currently offering lectures and workshops focused on Visual Communication for Scientists- online and in person! I ran a quick Twitter poll and it seems that this kind of training is badly needed:

If you think your institution or lab would benefit from a talk or workshop please contact me via email, or social media. Thank you so much to everyone who attended these events at Science Abroad, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University.

This post will be updated from time to time with resources I think can be helpful to you for designing your scientific figures! I also offer consulting services starting at $50 for a 30-minute session. I find that in 30 minutes I can give clear feedback and provide step-by-step guidance for how to achieve your desired results!


This is my graph of forms of visual representation, and the graphics scientists make. There is a printable pdf version of this handout available below: 6 steps to making a good figure!

I also have art prints of the graph available for sale here.

To receive a free high-resolution, printable PDF download, click the image!


I share some tips and resources on Twitter so please follow me there! This content also goes to my

Facebook group: Figure Design Workshop

General Design for Scientific Figures

Design Strategies for Scientific Figures, the University of Texas at Austin

Aiora Zabala's courses

Scientific Figure Design

Graphical Abstracts

Picturing Science: Design Patterns in Graphical Abstracts, Jessica Hullman and Benjamin Bach


Data Visualization

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte

DataWrapper Blog has lots of fantastic posts that are really applicable to different software.

Color Palette Design



Paul Tol

GeoDataViz has some very nice accessible qualitative and sequential palettes (I'm not as keen on the diverging ones).

Colorblindness Simulators: These also simulate grayscale.

Coblis (image upload)

Color Oracle full desktop simulator (Mac, PC, Linux)

Sim Daltonism sizeable window - my favorite! (Mac)

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