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Designing graphical abstracts

Everything you need to design an effective graphical abstract to communicate your science story.

5 Easy Tips for Designing a Graphical Abstract 

  1. Plan ahead! (Sketch, flow, feedback, revise) (9:01)
  2. Words to describe Graphical Abstract < Abstract (13:22)
  3. Color, contrast, saturation (15:14)
  4. Use consistent arrows/lines/labels (19:46)
  5. The Twitter/text message test 


A graphical abstract is a single image that gives your reader the main message of your science story (1:47). In this video, we introduce the 5 tips you need to make a better graphical abstract (7:10). Plan ahead: put pencil to paper and sketch out your story (9:01). Make sure that the text description matches the graphical abstract: both should be clear, concise and emphasize the most salient points of the story (13:22). Shiz shows us how to choose colors, contrast and saturation that enhance our illustrations (15:14). Consistency is key: unify arrow and line styles in your graphical abstract (19:46). Watch the tips in action during a live figure makeover (21:02). 

Meet the expert: Shiz Aoki, CEO and co-founder of BioRender co-founder, shares her 10+ years of expertise as a distinguished science illustrator to help you bring your science to life - visually.

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