Diagrams and figures are a critical and vital part of scientific communication. They share results, conceptualize ideas, and provide a common ground for discussion, especially in an interdisciplinary collaborations. On the other hand, if poorly constructed, diagrams and illustrations can confuse, mislead and obscure information. We are interested in the role that visual diagrams play in scientific communication, how scientists might be trained to create better diagrams, and how better diagrams can improve communication and collaborations between scientists from different disciplines.
A team of computer scientists, physicists, and physicians has developed a simple yet powerful method of visualizing human arteries that may result in more accurate diagnoses of atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Nichole Jonas Originally presented as a poster at the Fourth Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting on April 27 and 28, 2008, in Airlie, VA. The design of a poster should enhance and attract attention to the information being conveyed.
See the before/after images that show rather simple changes to font and color.
The dynamics of sight and how we use our eyes to process information present some compelling reasons to consider using infographics to share information and ideas in order to connect with your internal and external ...
Ian Spence is an expert on William Playfair. He is also a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto. His research interests include engineering psychology, graphical perception, psychophysics, psychometric methods with an emphasis on measurement and scaling, and statistics. Current research projects include the effective use of colour in scientific visualization, the role of colour in visual memory, individual differences in spatial cognition, and the navigation of dynamic information displays such as web sites.
Spence, I., and Wainer, H. (1997), "William Playfair: A daring and worthless fellow," Chance, vol. 10, pp.31-34.
Spence, I. (2004), 'William Playfair,' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Spence, I. (2005), 'No humble pie: The origins and usage of a statistical chart', Journal of Educational and Behavioral Science, vol. 30(4), pp. 353-368.
Using graphic design to enhance visual communication in scientific posters (and elsewhere) Originally presented as a poster at the Fourth Annual NICHD Fellows Meeting on April 27 and 28, 2008, in Airlie, VA.
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