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Emerging Trends in Visual Science Communication

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How to create informative and inspiring graphics for journals and presentations

This webinar will cover a few key design and rendering techniques that any non-artist can implement when approaching graphics, schematics, or general presentation of scientific information (including proper layout, basic color or font choices, and when to include images). We’ll also discuss a few useful and free (or affordable) alternatives to the current option of spending hours in MS Word or Paint.


Shiz Aoki, MA, CMI
Shiz Aoki graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine through the Art as Applied to Medicine program after obtaining a B.Sc. in pre-medical sciences, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Illustration from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 2010, she was hired straight out of school as a science illustrator for National Geographic Magazine at their HQ in Washington, DC. Shiz is now Lead Science Artist at National Geographic, and Founder and Lead Illustrator at Anatomize Studios and, a scientific graphics production studio that services hospitals, journals, pharma and biotech companies. She has serviced other renowned clients including Scientific American, HHMI, NIH, McGraw Hill, Stanford University, and many others.

Aoki hopes to democratize the process of visual science communication to scientists at all stages of their careers. Her team is currently creating new tools and resources for scientists to create science visuals (such as graphical abstracts, journal figures, presentation slides).

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Region/Office: National
May 4, 2017
12:00PM - 1:00PM ET

How to create informative and inspiring graphics for journals and presentations


Effective science communication is highly dependent on clear, effective and eye-catching visuals. However, most scientists or research organizations do not have the resources to hire professional studios nor have an on-staff design team. Additionally, some research may involve proprietary information that make it difficult to bring on external team members on a whim. Luckily, there are ways to obtain or create an effective image to communicate complex science topics, whether it’s for a journal figure, a keynote presentation, internal team discussions, or the general public.

This webinar will cover some techniques and available tools on how to improve the use and creation of scientific graphics in journals, graphical abstracts, peer-peer communication, or general  science communication for the public.


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