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(891W19) How to Design Scientific Figures

Workshop for PhD students, 06. Februar 2019

What is the first thing scientists look at in scientific articles or on posters? – It´s the figures. But figures are not only eye-catchers, they also convey information in a density words could never reach. Because figures are so powerful in communicating scientific data, extra care should be taken when designing them.

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(891W19) How to Design Scientific Figures

Workshop for PhD students


  • 06. Februar 2019
  • 10.00 Uhr bis 18.00 Uhr


Kompetenzwerkstatt der TH Köln
Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 54,
1. Etage, Nordflügel
50968 Köln
Raum: 130


Susanne Berger


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Learning Objectives:

  • What works and what doesn‘t work in figure design?
  • Communicating efficiently with figures
  • Getting to know useful guidelines and common pitfalls
  • Applying design rules to your own figures

Figures convey information in a density words never could reach. Good design helps to create intuitively comprehensible figures, while bad design obscures their meaning.

In this hands-on seminar you will learn how to apply basic design rules to your own figures. The ways of how our brains perceive visual information will be explained and examples for common pitfalls will be discussed. Topics include visual layering, the optimal use of color, labels and arrows as well as the appropriate choice of data representation.

You can bring your own figures or a figure from your field, so that you can apply your newly acquired knowledge to improve them.


Participants are encouraged to specify their needs in a questionnaire beforehand so that requests will be incorporated in the workshop, if possible.

Short and interactive lectures provide the theoretical background. They alternate with exercises and group discussions. Participants will receive extensive feedback on their work.