Data visualisation design principles by Circos

Circos are a tecnology company that have redefined how we think about visualising genomic data. They’ve pioneered the use of circular graphs to map genomes and chromosomes, which allows for a much more intuitive and visually efficient way to compare genomes. They have lots of documentation on their website about how to set up their […]

Visual identity in science illustration

This post is based off a talk I gave at Imperial College London for a society run jointly with the Royal College of Art called Artifact. What is science illustration? I frequently get asked the question ‘so you’re a science illustrator, what do you do?’. Most people think of science illustration as designing illustrations for […]

How to make a simple animation using a smartphone

Animation is a great way to communicate more complicated scientific concepts. It’s less ambiguous than illustration when showing how processes occur, and is better at displaying 3d structures.   Animation is also a lot more complicated to create than illustrations. Rather than just picking up a pen and sketching a quick image, you have to […]

Turn Drosophila into sushi: Making a memorable science illustration

Science illustration can pose a challenge with its conflicting demands. On the one hand, illustration is about creating something visually memorable, which is easiest achieved by making it look different to what everyone else has done before. On the other hand, science is pretty specific about what is and is not accepted as true. Unless […]