Gill Brown is a former geophysicist, now graphic designer and illustrator, based in London and working in the field of scientific visual communication. In 2020, Gill was awarded a PhD in graphic design from University of the Arts London. She is now putting that research into practice in the following ways:
1. As a freelance graphic designer and illustrator
Gill specialises in working with scientists to create beautiful and effective conceptual figures, for use in papers, posters and presentations. As well as producing the final figure, Gill also provides a set of visual elements that make up that figure. These elements can then be edited and adapted by the scientists themselves, to create a whole range of figures for future use.
For more details on Gill’s specialised approach to creating scientific figures, see this webpage.
2. As a teacher and trainer
Gill provides workshops for scientists, focusing on good graphic design practice for scientific figures. She also provides demonstrations and hands-on training in how to create editable and adaptable visual elements, using Adobe Illustrator software. Each workshop is tailored to the participants needs, using their figures as examples for demonstrations and discussion.
For details of workshops that Gill recently ran for research scientists from the Health Faculties at King’s College London, see this webpage.
Gill also presents her work to graphic designers, highlighting the use of graphic design practice as a research method and demonstrating its application in fields outside of art and design.
3. As a graphic design researcher
As part of her PhD research, Gill collaborated with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London. She is continuing to work with the CNS, expanding her research to encompass visual communication with non-scientists, as well as peer-to-peer scientific communication.
Gill’s work with KCL in general, and with the CNS in particular, is documented on a dedicated website, Neuroscience & Graphic Design. There are @neurographical Instagram and Twitter feeds associated with the website.
To get in touch with Gill, email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org