Designed for...

…anyone who wants to improve the look and effectiveness of their scientific graphics and slides.


3-6 hours

The course is shorter when delivered as a lecture, and longer if I include exercises that help students critique and improve their own or example images.


My standard rate for teaching is 1530 CHF/Euro per day, or 1000 CHF/Euro per half-day. A full day of teaching includes 6 hours of teaching in the classroom, excluding breaks (e.g., coffee, lunch). For work outside Switzerland, clients also pay travel expenses.

This course can be mixed and matched with any other course to create a full-day or multi-day program.

This course introduces students to key concepts in graphic design and data visualization. It centers on Ed Tufte’s recommendations to bring “data ink” forward and to minimize “non-data ink,” and explains what the “lie factor” is and how to reduce it in scientific figures.  Students will learn how to choose the best type of chart or figure to showcase the message in their data and learn best practices for data presentation, including appropriate use of color and text, and designing for the color blind. The course covers the most important graphic design principles and can be used to improve and design graphics created with any piece of software.


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