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Updated April 2021
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.
February 2021 – 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.
Monday 22nd February 2021 – I met online with KCL staff members to discuss if and how the Graphic Design for Scientific Figures workshops can be made available to participants outside of King’s. Work will now start on an application to have the workshops designated as an official KCL short course.
April 2021, update – after going through the application process in some detail, it became apparent that the fact I am not a staff member at King’s raises issues in terms of ease of access to the website for editing and updating the training material. Therefore, I will continue to develop the workshop material myself, for use outside of King’s – further details will be posted on the Teaching & Workshops page of this website 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 video of an online Teams meeting, where we talked about our collaborative work at the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences and how the ‘Graphic Design for Scientific Figures’ workshops came about. This video will be added to the KCL KEATS webpage in due course, to act as an introduction to the online course.
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.
December 2020 – 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) 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.
October / November 2020 – work is ongoing on the Patient Information Sheet project, in collaboration with the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences at King’s. Detailed updates on the project can be found on the dedicated page of the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website, which has links to individual blog posts giving details of meetings, etc. The aim is to submit example PIS modules to FAST-R at KCL in December, to gain feedback from patient groups.
Wednesday 16th September 2020 – I attended an online meeting with Dr Nordio and Dr Veronese of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences, to discuss work on the Patient Information Sheet (PIS) project. The outcome of that meeting is documented on the blog of the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website and can be found here.
Although the project as a whole will not be documented in detail on this website, insights from the research I will be conducting into clinician / patient visual communication will be included on the Research Blog, and can be accessed from this post.
September 2020 – I produced illustrations of dock beetles that could then be adapted for use in a logo, etc., to promote a business. Starting from an illustration based on a photograph of a real dock beetle (left), the images of the beetle and a dock leaf were revised and modified to reflect the name of the business and to create a usable identity.
A sequence of these images, showing the progress of the work, have been added to the Project Portfolio webpage.
July 2020 and ongoing – I am working with Dr Giovanna Nordio and Dr Mattia Veronese of the Centre for Neuroimaging Sciences on creating illustrated information sheets for patients and clinical trial participants. This is an area that I have been very keen to work in, as it will expand my research from peer-to-peer scientific visual communication to communication between scientists and non-scientists. Thanks to a grant from the Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering (CME) Public Engagement Grant Scheme, our aim is to create a visual and modular patient information sheet for generic PET/MRI studies. Each module will represent a separate stage of the study, allowing for easy adaption to different studies. My job will be to produce adaptable figures and images to go along with the sheet, while also ensuring that its graphic design makes it accessible to all readers.
This project is scheduled to be completed before summer 2021, and will be documented in detail on the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website. This site is dedicated to my collaborative work with King’s College Hospital in general, and with the CNS in particular. Edited highlights will be posted in this News feed, with links to the website where appropriate.
April / May 2020 – Following on from the Graphic Design Workshops given at King’s during January and February, and with considerable help from the Online Distance Learning division of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, two presentations given during Workshop 1 have been recorded remotely. These presentations cover Good Graphic Design Practice and A Methodical Approach to Building Figures. A live demonstration of the two ‘hands-on’ Adobe Illustrator exercises, performed in Workshop 2, has also been recorded remotely during May.
These recordings will be made available online for staff and students at King’s, via their KEATS online learning website, together with all of the training material that was provided to the workshop participants as digital pdf handouts.
Update – all of the training material is now available! See the News entry for December 2020 for more details.
April 2020 and ongoing – An illustration and information design ‘work-in-progress’ for the Neurology Department at University College London, creating conceptual figures that demonstrate the communication between neural circuits in the nervous system. The emphasis will be on producing adaptable visual elements, both anatomical and diagrammatic, that can be combined to produce a sequence of conceptual figures, for use both in print and in PowerPoint presentations. Part of one of the anatomical illustrations, to represent skeletal muscle, is shown here.
April 2020 – As a change from drawing human body parts, I have been working on figures for a friend (and former geophysics colleague), who is looking at the impact of biochar bedding on a rural farming economy. The figures will form a graphical abstract, to accompany a post-graduate research study. I have drawn various visual elements to construct figures representing a ‘biochar cycle’, including some cattle and their remarkably clean shed.
More examples of the elements, and the completed figures, have been added to the Project Portfolio webpage.
Wednesday 4th to Thursday 12th March 2020 – As part of UAL’s annual Research Season, taking place throughout February / March 2020, current and recently completed PhD students, who are based at LCC, held an exhibition of work-in-progress. Some of my own work was included in the exhibition and more details, and pictures, can be found in this blog post. All of the participants were also filmed talking about their research work and their PhD experience at UAL. A short video of these interviews, which also includes images of the work on show, can be found on YouTube.
January / February 2020 – My graphic design workshops at King’s College London have completed, with 30 participants attending Workshop 1 on 31st January and a total of 35 participants attending the four sessions of Workshop 2 throughout February. For more details, see the Workshops (2020) page on the Neuroscience & Graphic Design website
Due to the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, there are no plans to repeat the workshops. However, there were a significant number of people on waiting lists for both workshops that did not get the chance to attend, so this may be reviewed when circumstances allow. In the meantime, the workshop presentations, etc., will be recorded for online viewing – see the News entry for April 2020.
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