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Designing graphical abstracts

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


4 Easy Tips for Designing a Graphical Abstract 

  1. Plan ahead! (sketch and composition)
  2. Color (association, temperature, contrast)
  3. Proper use of arrows
  4. De-cluttering your figure 


Summary

A graphical abstract is a single image that gives your reader the main message of your science story (1:55). In this video, we introduce the 4 tips you need to make a better graphical abstract (5:10). Plan ahead: put pencil to paper and sketch out your story (7:15). Shiz shows us how to choose colors, contrast and saturation that enhance our illustrations (20:00). Consistency is key: unify arrow and line styles in your graphical abstract (32:09). De-clutter your figure to help readers know what’s new, exciting and novel about your research right away (44:30). Put these tips into action when you create your next graphical abstract!


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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