Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists & Engineers

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Yale University Press, 2012 - Design - 153 pages
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Any scientist or engineer who communicates research results will immediately recognize this practical handbook as an indispensable tool. The guide sets out clear strategies and offers abundant examples to assist researchers--even those with no previous design training--with creating effective visual graphics for use in multiple contexts, including journal submissions, grant proposals, conference posters, or presentations.

Visual communicator Felice Frankel and systems biologist Angela DePace, along with experts in various fields, demonstrate how small changes can vastly improve the success of a graphic image. They dissect individual graphics, show why some work while others don't, and suggest specific improvements. The book includes analyses of graphics that have appeared in such journals as Science, Nature, Annual Reviews, Cell, PNAS, and the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as an insightful personal conversation with designer Stefan Sagmeister and narratives by prominent researchers and animators.

 

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User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

Good tips for scientists needing to use graphics for communicating their data and conclusions. Each discipline requires different strategies. However, if you want to learn about how to do visuals, read Tufte, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and his other works. Read full review

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Contents

SPEAKING OF DESIGN A CONVERSATION
4
A ROADMAP HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE
8
YOUR FIRST STEP ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU BEGIN
12
YOUR TOOLS
14
FORM AND STRUCTURE
27
PROCESS AND TIME
43
COMPARE AND CONTRAST
59
CASE STUDIES
75
INTERACTIVE GRAPHICS
109
VISUAL INDEX
143
APPENDIX
151
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About the author (2012)

Felice C. Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her work in visual communication. Among her previous books is Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image. Angela H. DePace is an assistant professor in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, where her lab studies the mechanism and evolution of gene regulation.  They both live in Boston. Stefan Sagmeister, a leading graphic designer and typographer, has a design firm in New York City  

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