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Graphic Design for Scientists (Online)

Course Description:

This course is intended for scientists who are interested in learning practical skills for
creating effective and aesthetically pleasing visualizations of scientific data and ideas.
The focus will be on using graphic design techniques to make scientific presentations
more engaging and impactful. Through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, participants will learn how to use software tools to beautify harts and diagrams, and to create schematic illustrations that can be used for presentations, publications and outreaches. The workshop will cover design principles including Colors and fonts, choice of charts, vector graphics, presentation design, and an introduction to 3D computer graphics. The workshop will be taught by a scientist / part-time scientific graphic designer.

Day 1: Design principles in brief, chart selection, slide master in PowerPoint
Day 2: Vector graphics: beautifying figures in CorelDraw
Day 3: Vector graphics: making an illustration in CorelDraw
Day 4: Introduction to 3D computer graphics in Blender

Organizer: Dr. rer. nat. Shimpei Ishiyama, Institute of Pathophysiology

Target audience: TransMed's scientists at any career Level. No prior experience with graphic design is necessary.  

Online platform: MS TEAMS. Please check that your PC meets the requirements beforehand (microphone, camera, internet connection).  

Technical Requirements: Participants are required to install a vector graphic software (preferably CorelDraw, which is available from ZDV, otherwise Illustrator or Inkscape, which is free on inkscape.org), PowerPoint and Blender (blender.org). Since the participants will work on software tools while watching the demonstration, it is recommended to use dual screens if available. For Blender, it is recommended to use a mouse with middle button, and a keyboard with number pad. 

Maximum number of participants: 20

Next date: TBA

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Ishiyama directly via E-Mail: shimpei.ishiyama [at] uni-mainz.de

For the workshop 1.6 CP for transferable skills training can be credited. 


Ivonne Dietzel
Program Coordinator
Bldg. 907, Room 01-212
University Medical Center
Langenbeckstr. 1
55131 Mainz

Tel. +49 6131 17-7631