Books

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Scientific Communication, general

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Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More
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Author: Matt Carter
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0123859697

A fresh breeze on the book market for handbooks about scientific communications. This book is truly modern, fetching its inspiration from the gurus of visual communication of today, e.g. Garr Reynolds and Edward Tufte. [OBE]

51ErWmqionLEloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker and Scientist
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Author: David M. Schultz
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
ISBN: 1878220918

Rock-solid know-how from the trenches of climate science! This book lays the foundation of skills and knowledge for any scientist with an ambition to become a brilliant communicator. Contains the wisdom and—obviously!–eloquence of experienced scientist and journal editor Professor David M. Schultz at the The University of Manchester who also has collected practical advice from many of his colleagues. [OBE]

Graphs, charts & information design

Graphing Statistics & Data – Creating Better Charts
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Author: Wallgren, Anders & Britt, et al.
Publisher: SAGE Publications (1996)
ISBN: 0761905995

By far the best introduction to the basic theory and the best practices of designing graphs from statistical data. (Unfortunately, the English version of the book can be hard to find. However, a Swedish, revised edition from 2008 is available from Swedish booksellers.)

Say It With Charts
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Author: Gene Zelazny
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, ( 2001 )
ISBN: 0-07-136997-x

An excellent introduction for the reader who wants to straighten out the principles, rules and guidelines for designing and using graphs to communicate. Zelazny sees graphs as something that is primarily used to communicate your data in a clear and unambiguous way. Hence a graph should be as simple as possible – cleared from superfluous data and fancy stuff like 3D effects and other examples of chartjunk.

Scientific posters

The Craft of Scientific Presentations -- Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
Author: Michael Alley
Publisher:
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Gosling, P.J.: Scientist’s Guide to Poster Presentations Nicol, A.A.M. & Pexman, P.M.: Displaying Your Findings– A Practical Guide for Presenting Figures, Posters, and Presentations

Presentation techniques

Kosslyn, S.M.: Clear and to the Point -- 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations

Information design

Design in general
Lidwell, W. et al.: Universal Principles of Design
Tufte, E.R.: Envisioning Information
Williams, R.: The Non-Designer’s Design Book

Charts

Huff, D.: How to Lie with Statistics

Zelazny, G.: Say It With Charts -- The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication