Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image

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MIT Press, 2002 - Philosophy - 328 pages
Named a winner in the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002 competition presented by the American Institute of Graphic Designers (AIGA), Named Best of Show at Bookbuilders of Boston's 2003 New England Book Show—also honored for Best Cover and named Best of College Books. and Finalist for the 2002 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award in the Craft, Technology & Scientific Books category

Science and engineering research must be communicated within the research community and to the general public, and a crucial element of that communication is visual. In Envisioning Science, science photographer Felice Frankel provides a guide to creating dynamic and compelling photographs for journal submissions and scientific presentations to funding agencies, investors, and the general public. The book is organized from the large to small—from photographing laboratory equipment to capturing new material and biological structures at the microscopic level. Full-color illustrations including many side-by-side comparisons provide an extensive gallery of fine science photography.

The book begins with a brief historical overview in a foreword by science educator Phylis Morrison. Frankel discusses technical issues and, just as important, her personal approach to creating images that are both scientifically informational and accessible. This is a handbook that should become a standard tool in all research laboratories.

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About the author (2002)

Felice Frankel is a photographer who aimed her camera at landscapes for 20 years. This resulted in the award-winning book, Modern Landscape Architecture: Redefining the Garden. In On the Surface of Things, co-authored with chemistry professor George Whitesides, she changes her focus, photographing such colorful scientific phenomena as DNA strands and chemical reactions. In 1991 she received a Loeb Art fellowship at Harvard, where she explored a relationship between science and art. Joining MIT in 1993 as an artist-in-residence and Guggenheim fellow, she teaches researchers and students how to add a visual element to their research. She is also writing a book on the same subject, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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