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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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/figuredesignworkshop

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!

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Resources


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


General


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


Aiora Zabala's courses https://bioinformatics-core-shared-training.github.io/effective-figure-design/


Scientific Figure Design

https://www.bioinformatics.babraham.ac.uk/training.html#figuredesign


https://descienceblog.tumblr.com/



Graphical Abstracts


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


https://www.annaclemens.com/blog/make-graphical-abstract-paper



Posters:

https://www.echorivera.com/blog/better-posters-recommendation

https://derekcrowe.net/butterposter

https://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design/




Data Visualization


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward Tufte


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


https://mitcommlab.mit.edu/home/designers-perspective-on-data-viz/

https://datavizcatalogue.com/

https://www.echorivera.com/blog/anna-clemens-dataviz-presentations

Color Palette Design

Colorbrewer

VizColor


https://medium.com/nightingale/how-to-choose-the-colors-for-your-data-visualizations-50b2557fa335


https://www.dataquest.io/blog/what-to-consider-when-choosing-colors-for-data-visualization/


Paul Tol


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

https://github.com/OrdnanceSurvey/GeoDataViz-Toolkit/blob/master/Colours/GDV%20colour%20palettes%200.6.pdf


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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