Science and design are decidedly different disciplines. However, scientists with an appreciation of design and knowledge of the correct tools to use are much better placed to convey their work in journals, at conferences, and to each other. As a scientist myself, I have read far too many papers and attended far too many talks in which good science is being poorly communicated. As scientists, we spend lots of time ensuring our results are correct and we agonize over every word of a manuscript. However, we treat the preparation of figures and talks and the presentation of our results as afterthoughts, despite these things often being the criteria for judgement of our work.
This blog is a collection of tips on ways to improve every component of the presentation of science: figures, talks, tables, typesetting, posters, etc. Please take a little bit of time and think about your work from a design perspective, you’re bound to learn something.