Why designing good visuals is like writing a good article

Think about the last excellent paper that you read. What do you remember from it? Like most people, you probably don’t remember the exact words or phrases. Instead, you probably remember the key ideas that the paper was about.   Good writing is not obvious. It fades into the background, acting as a vessel for […]

Why knowing too much can be bad for communicating your science

Of all the scientific information design work I do, visually communicating my own research is the hardest by far. I never do as good a job of it as I do for other people. Honestly, it’s a little embarrassing. Visual abstracts and infographics of my research should be outstanding examples of my abilities as a […]