General graphic design

AocSqSW-Curator: Olle Bergman, communications consultant, lecturer and writer with a passion for science, history and people. Personal webpage.

Canva’s Design School
A new kid on the block, offering tools to quickly create graphics for social media, presentations etc. Offers a lot of practical knowledge.

The Big Four: Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
Garr Reynolds writes about the four main principles of graphic design. (Actually a pdf version of a chapter from his book Presentation Zen).

Workbook, fact source and reference work from Monotype for anyone interested in type.


Scientific Infographics

AocSqSW-Curator: Pieter Torrez, graphic designer from Belgium with a master in marine science and a keen interest in (interactive) scientific visualisation.
See Scigrades.

Scigrades (BE) –

Graphic support for scientists and scientific institutions

Draw Science (USA) –

Graphical publishing platform and scicomm blog.

DeSciphered (UK)  –

Scientific research articles summarised with simple graphics


Graphical Abstracts

Curator: Luk Cox, science illustrator and molecular biologist from Diest, Belgium.

Are Graphical Abstracts a Good Idea?
by Brian Romans [Wired, 2011]

A no nonsense vision.

Scientific Communication As Sequential Art
by Bret Victor [, 2011]
Impressive and very stimulating rework of how scientific communication could look like. Highly recommended.

A glance at graphical abstracts 
by Lily Bui [Comparative Media Studies, MIT, 2015]
Useful overview about spreadability, legibility and serendipity of graphical abstracts.



Vintage masters of illustration

Curator: Olle Bergman [BE]: communications consultant

Ernst Haeckel

haeckel strip

E. A. Seguy


Codex Seraphinianus

Image libraries

Images from the History of Medicine
A vast collection of interesting, inspiring and humorous images to spice up your PPt presentations.

Biodiversity Heritage Library
A stunning collection of plant and animal illustrations from older litterature.



It’s Okay to be Smart (YouTube show) New videos every Monday, presented by biologist Joe Hanson: ”This is a show about science. But it’s probably not about science the way you’re used to it.”

 (YouTube show) ”Our World is Amazing […] Mind-Blowing Facts & The Best of the Internet”

SciShow (YouTube show) ”SciShow discusses science news and history and concepts. With equal parts skepticism and enthusiasm, we go a little deeper…without going off the deep end. Well, most of the time anyway.”