Aloha Lana and SCIART listserv,


Are you looking for reference books, or applications to create the graphs and diagrams?…will share the first things that come to mind in both depts, but a bit more clarification would be great : )


If she wants some basic knowledge in graphic design I recommend a book I recently discovered (but it’s not new) that gives a great intro to good graphic design: GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. Super fun and easy read for any audience.


I still use Microsoft Excel for plugging numbers and getting simple graphs, and then design it in Adobe Illustrator (I despise using Microsoft to design anything, lol).


And, whenever I present my “Graphic Design for Scientists” seminar, I always highlight what I learned were the 2 MOST important things to consider when designing anything: 1) who is your audience 2) what knowledge do you want them to understand as a result of interacting with your graph/diagram. I’m guessing because it’s her grad thesis, her audience is pretty set, but she still has to consider what she wants to communicate to them.


PS. I thought this was an interesting agro-article that might stir some ideas/thoughts for your student?



Hope that helps and I love the quote you have with your signature!



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Subject: [SCIART] Resources for publication graph and diagram design?


Good Morning 

I have a student looking for resources to help guide her in designing the best graphs and diagrams for her graduate thesis in agronomy science. I am wondering what everyone would recommend these days. 


THANKs in advance for your assistance.


Have a great day!



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