• Maayan Harel

Visual communication for scientists (a crash course), BONUS prints, and resources!

Updated: Jun 14

Thank you so much for everyone who attended my webinar via ScienceAbroad. The link can be found here and will only be live for 2 weeks. If you enjoyed the talk and think your institution or lab would benefit from hearing it I would love to be invited to speak! Feel free to contact me via email, or social media.

Facebook group: Figure Design Workshop

I share some tips and resources on there, and you are also welcome to share your work to get some feedback!

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

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

Plus 6 steps to making a good figure
Graphics Scientists Make!

To receive a free high-resolution, printable PDF download, enter your email address below!


I will update this list periodically, and I also offer consulting services starting at $50 for a 30-minute session.


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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