The Picture as Portal Blog

Find our thoughts on the best strategies for visual communication of science

  • Case studies: 3 examples of S.P.A.R.K. visual communication of science strategies in action

    July 20, 2019 by

    Participants in the S.P.A.R.K. course do amazing work. They show that, no matter your level of artistic talent, you can apply the S.P.A.R.K. principles to create useful and informative visuals.  In our “case studies” blog posts you’ll find examples of pictures created following the S.P.A.R.K. principles. These will come both from the course instructors and… Read more

  • Welcome to the Picture as Portal Blog

    June 25, 2019 by

    Back in 2017, the creators of Picture as Portal®, Betsy Palay and Tami Tolpa, came together to pool their extensive experience with scientific illustration and visual communication. The result was the S.P.A.R.K. course on 5 strategies for the visual communication of science. Many people have since taken the course and we’ve received great feedback from… Read more

  • Iteration to create a more perfect picture

    August 13, 2019 by

    At some point we’ve all rushed to complete a project. Maybe you pulled an all nighter to write an essay. Maybe you threw together a handful of slides at the last minute to complete a presentation. We’ve all been there. Yet, we all know that this isn’t the best way to get work done. Sure,… Read more

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