Case study – PROTAC picture from Michael Bond

The Yale Science Diplomats at Yale University have been using our S.P.A.R.K. online course to help train their members for the “Flipped Science Fair.” At the Flipped Science Fair, Yale researchers present their work to middle schoolers who both learn from the experience and get to judge the researchers’ posters. In this blog post, Yale …

Case study – Immunogenicity infographic from Beatriz Inglessis

A few weeks ago, we offered to give feedback to S.P.A.R.K. enrollees who put our 5 strategies for the visual communication of science into action when making their own pictures. Enrollees sent over many wonderful examples of their work. In this post, we’ll walk through some of the feedback we gave to enrollee Beatriz Inglessis. Beatriz …

The iterative design process behind the makeover of a picture

This blog post was written collaboratively by the Picture as Portal team. Illustrations by Tami Tolpa. In our S.P.A.R.K. online course we stress that creating a great scientific or technical figure is an iterative process. Like great writing, all great pictures go through an “ugly” phase. Only after rounds of modification and editing–ideally with the …

Case study – Infographic: Discoveries from metagenomics

Our Science Communications Director, Tyler Ford, also creates written, visual, and social media  content for biotech companies and researchers. As you might imagine, Tyler often makes use of the visual communication strategies he’s learned from our S.P.A.R.K. online course. Below, we walk through a few of the strategies Tyler applied to the creation of this …

Iteration to create a more perfect picture

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, …

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