Then again, some scientists are highly visual communicators

Contrary to our blog last week, where we highlighted another post by an engineer discussing  his profession’s woeful lack of communications skills, this week we discover that some scientists are actually highly skilled visual communicators. Continue reading Then again, some scientists are highly visual communicators

Visual Dynamos

National Geographic is an inherently visual publication.  It was one of the earliest entities to use photography to tell stories and make an impact.  The publication’s legacy of images reminds us that despite the great strides made in the field of information design, some of the most powerful modes of communicating occur organically and when captured in photographs, communicate with unmatched power and clarity. Continue reading Visual Dynamos

Map O’ The Day #108 – Science Processes


Today’s MOTD comes to us from Ars Technica and is a scientific process model. According to the graphic there are four areas of the scientific process, Exploration and Discovery, Testing Ideas, Benefits and Outcomes and Community Analysis and Feedback.

The information flow arrows work very well to show all of the pathways and loops that are associated with the system. The simplicity, layout and color scheme of the design also makes it very pleasing to the eye.

Map O’ The Day #61 – Ice Age


Today’s MOTD is a powerful example of showing change by comparison over time without utilizing a traditional timeline or graph. This map charts the median age of ice gathered every February from 1981 to January 2009 and compares the data to the median age and amount of ice in February 2009.

Many different conclusions can be made about why the ice is melting, but one cant deny that simply by the authors use of a single color, they captured a dramatic visual discrepancy.