Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More, Second Edition, guides scientists of any discipline in the design of compelling science communication. Most scientists never receive formal training in the design, delivery and evaluation of scientific communication, yet these skills are essential for publishing in high-quality journals, soliciting funding, attracting lab personnel, and advancing a career. This clear, readable volume fills that gap, providing visually intensive guidance at every step-from the construction of original figures to the presentation and delivery of those figures in papers, slideshows, posters and websites.
The book provides pragmatic advice on the preparation and delivery of exceptional scientific presentations and demonstrates hundreds of visually striking presentation techniques.
- Features clear headings for each section, indicating its message with graphic illustrations
- Provides clear and concise explanations of design principles traditionally taught in design or visualization courses
- Includes examples of high-quality figures, page layouts, slides, posters and webpages to aid readers in creating their own presentations
- Includes numerous "before and after" examples to illustrate the contrast between poor and outstanding presentations
Part 1: Designing Exceptional Science Presentations 1. Scientists as Designers 2. Design Goals for Different Presentation Formats 3. Twenty-One Strategies Shared by Exceptional Presenters
Part 2: Visual Elements in Science Presentations 4. Color 5. Typography 6. Words 7. Tables 8. Charts 9. Diagrams 10. Photographs
Part 3: Written Presentations 11. Ten Techniques for Improving Scientific Writing 12. Research Articles 13. Review Articles 14. Research Proposals
Part 4: Slide Presentations 15. The Use of Slides in Oral Presentations 16. The Structure of a Slide Presentation 17. Visual Elements in Slide Presentations 18. Slide Layout 19. Slide Animations and Transitions 20. Delivering a Slide Presentation 21. Using Technology to Present like a Professional 22. Considerations for Different Categories of Slide Presentations
Part 5: Oral Presentations Without Slides 23. Presenting Without Slides 24. Considerations for Different Categories of Oral Presentations without Slides
Part 6: Poster Presentations 25. The Structure of a Scientific Poster 26. The Design and Layout of a Poster 27. Presenting at a Poster Session
Appendices A. Recommendations for Further Reading B. Learning to Use Illustration and Presentation Software C. Thoughts on How to Design a Presentation from Scratch D. Thoughts on Using Design Principles to Market Yourself
Matt Carter is Associate Professor of Biology at Williams College where he teaches courses in neuroscience and physiology. His research focuses on how the brain regulates food intake and sleep. In addition to publishing articles and presenting talks on his research, he also enjoys giving workshops on scientific presentation design. He is a recipient of the Walter Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching from Stanford University and the Nelson Bushnell Prize for Teaching and Writing at Williams College. He lives in Williamstown with his wife and three children.