Resources: Graphic Design Tips
*This list is dynamic, and in-development. Feel free to make suggestions (use the comments section or contact us directly) re additional resources and great examples that should be included.
- How do I make my communications look good if I’m not a designer? Article re free apps and online tools that make graphic design (much) easier.
- New Imaging Tools Put the Art Back Into Science – Science
- Taking a Good Look at Why Scientific Images Don’t Speak for Themselves – book review in Theory & Psychology
- Aesthetics and Inspiration for Visualization Design: Bridging the Gap between Art and Science
- A Course in Flow Visualization: the Art and Physics of Fluid Flow – University of Colorado; Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition
FREE DESIGN TOOLS
- Canva.com – specializes in website-friendly templates
- Charts: www.gliffy.com, www.icharts.net, and www.lovelycharts.com
- www.dipity.com – online interactive timelines
- GIMP – similar to Photoshop in capacity
- Infographic design options: www.easel.ly/ and www.piktochart.com
- www.serif.com – offers free (and paid) versions of design, photo editing, and drawing software
- The best free graphic design software – a blog post detailing options for vector, image editing, 3D, infographics, and other
- Great hacks for improving your efficiency when making better PowerPoint presentations
- “Pimp your PowerPoint” from The Scientist magazine
- PowerPoint design mistakes and how to fix them from a science illustrator
- 10 best ways to make a bad PowerPoint presentation – yes, it’s meant to be funny.
- 6 nonverbal hacks for your website, so it captures attention – these tips could apply to other visual communication, too.
- Expert tips for improving your website on a budget