Upcoming events, and news from the past year. For news and events prior to December 2020, see the News Archive page.
Updated January 2022
I will be repeating four online graphic design workshops (one theory, three practical) for research students of King’s College London’s Health Faculties. This is to accommodate those students who were on the waiting list for the workshops held in November and December 2021 but were unable to get a place.
Past News and Events
November / December 2021
I ran a further series of online graphic design workshops for research students of King’s College London’s Health Faculties. This included a theoretical session (for up to 50 participants), covering good graphic design practice for scientific visual communication, as well as three practical workshops (for up to 12 participants) that provided hands-on experience of using Adobe Illustrator to create scientific figures.
Tuesday 7th December 2021
I took part in an online discussion about the interface between practice and theory in PhD research, organised by tutors of the Screen School at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.
Wednesday 1st December 2021
I took part in an online discussion about Design PhDs, organised by the International Society of Typographic Designers. Also taking part were Dr Russ Bestley of London College of Communication (supervisor of my own PhD studies) and Dr Kate McLean of the University of Kent. A recording of the event can be found on YouTube.
Thursday 18th November 2021
I met online with Dr Giovanna Nordio of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London to review a first draft of the FDOPA PET scan leaflet. The outcome of that meeting will be documented in full on the King’s collaboration website and will be summarised in a blog post on this website.
Tuesday 5th October 2021
I met online with Dr Giovanna Nordio of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s College London to discuss an expansion of our Patient Information Sheet project. Together with her colleague Dr Mattia Veronese, Dr Nordio wants use some of the images we produced for the PIS in the creation of an informative and visually appealing leaflet for people undergoing FDOPA-PET imaging. The first step will be for Dr Nordio to supply the text to be included in an A4-sized leaflet.
I ran a series of three graphic design workshops online for PhD research students at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), covering both good graphic design practice and hands-on experience of creating scientific figures.
Between 10-12 students participated over the three sessions and gave very positive feedback on their experience.
For more information about my graphic design workshops specifically for scientists, see this webpage.
On completion of the Patient Information Sheet project, conducted in collaboration with King’s College London, Dr Giovanna Nordio has made a submission for possible publication in the journal Clinical and Translational Imaging as a Spotlight. The submission is entitled Can visual illustrations transform the patient information sheet for PET/MR neuroimaging studies into engaging and interesting reading?
Update October 2021 – The Spotlight article has now been published and can be read / downloaded from here.
May / June 2021
I ran five more practical graphic design workshops (online) for the Health Faculties of King’s College London during May and June – more details on the Workshops 2020/21 webpage on the King’s collaboration website.
I have submitted the first draft of my article for the Pattern and Chaos: making and meaning anthology, being compiled by staff of Norwich University of the Arts. Provisionally entitled, De-coding scientific conceptual figures through graphic design, it attempts to get from a 125 year-old drawing of nerve cells to the current visual representation of chemical neurotransmission at a neuromuscular junction in 1000 words and six images (one of which is shown here).
Thursday 25th March 2021
I met online with Dr Nordio and Dr Yannis Paloyelis, to discuss a potential expansion of the PIS project to incorporate Dr Paloyelis’ upcoming research study. I previously worked with Dr Paloyelis during my PhD research, as part of my collaboration with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s. Dr Paloyelis is setting up a neuroimaging study that will involve child patients (under 15 years of age) and is interested in using illustrated material for his patients, not just in official information sheets but also as part of the consultation process with child patients and their parents / guardians before a research study can be approved.
Dr Paloyelis will consult with colleagues who will be working on the study to discuss the kind of images that would be useful, images of child patients (rather than adults) being an obvious starting point. Meanwhile, Dr Nordio will inform the Centre for Medical Engineering (who are funding the PIS project) of our progress and to mention the possibility of expanding the research into patient consultation during Dr Paloyelis’ study, although this would need additional funding.
Tuesday 2nd March 2021
I met online with Dr Nordio to discuss the next steps in the PIS project. The example PIS is to be finalised as a pdf file and all of the images created for the full PIS, together with images of each page of the document, have been added to this portfolio page. The example PIS will also be produced as a PowerPoint file, in 16:9 format, and with each module contained on a separate slide or slides. It is thought that a PowerPoint file will be easier for research scientists to edit and adapt than a Word document.
22nd – 28th February 2021
I spent a week working with a scientist based at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (Montreal), to create a graphical abstract for a journal article. The illustrative elements I created for the abstract can be seen on this portfolio page. Once the article has been published, more details and images will be added to the page.
11th November 2021 – the paper has now been published by Nature Scientific Reports and can be viewed online here.
In 2019 I submitted a proposal for a contribution to a proposed art / design anthology entitled Pattern and Chaos: making and meaning, being put together by staff members at Norwich University of the Arts. This anthology has now been approved for publication by Intellect Books and I will give more details on my work for this in due course.
Thursday 28th January 2021
Work is continuing on the PIS Project and in mid-January we received feedback from the FAST-R team at KCL on the example illustrated PIS modules submitted to them last month. I updated the example PIS modules based on this feedback and I met online with Drs Nordio and Veronese to discuss the next steps in the project. Taking the FAST-R feedback into account, the remaining PIS modules will be finalised to create the complete example Patient Information Sheet, with the aim of submitting this to the FAST-R team by the end of February.
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Dr Mattia Veronese and I recorded a short video, where we discussed our collaborative work at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences and how the ‘Graphic Design for Scientific Figures’ workshops came about. This video has been added to the KCL KEATS webpage, to act as an introduction to the online course, and is also available for anyone to view here.
Friday 18th December 2020
In March 2019 I worked with Dr Anoushka Leslie, of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, on a set of information sheets that covered brain ageing, white matter and DTI scans (see the News Archive entry dated February – April 2019). The sheets were designed for non-scientists and the project included a workshop to allow feedback from patients and their family members, who had an interest in the subject. The report of this workshop has been released, together with the final versions of the four sheets – these will be made available for anyone to download from a King’s website. The portfolio page for this project has been updated to include the entire sheets, as well as the individual illustrations used in the sheets.
Wednesday 9th December 2020
I completed the three example Patient Information Sheet modules, including full colour illustrations, for submission to the FAST-R review team. More details can be found on the PIS Project page of the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website, and in this blog post. We hope to receive feedback on the modules sometime in January 2021.
I worked with the Health Science Doctoral Training Centre at King’s College London, to lead two online training sessions, covering the material from the ‘Graphic Design, Practice’ workshops that were originally run (in-person) in February 2020. These sessions were held on Tuesday 8th and Friday 11th December, with up to 11 participants in each. They were both fully-booked, with a current waiting list of about 40 people who would like to attend the workshop. It is hoped that additional session can run next year, if there is still demand.
The training material used in the in-person workshops (including presentations, pdf handouts and demonstration videos) is now available to King’s staff and research students, via the King’s E-learning and Teaching Service (KEATS) website.
There is much more detail about the online sessions, and the content of the training material, on the Workshops (2020/21) page of the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website.
Tuesday 1st December 2020
I presented my work (via Zoom) to the PG Cert & PG Dip Design for Visual Communication course at London College of Communication, as part of their Professional and Academic Practice unit. I was representing ‘academia’, and I aimed to show how important graphic design practice can be in research, and how that research can then be applied in professional practice.
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