2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

More than Pretty Pictures—The Importance of Creating Compelling and Honest Visuals

Tuesday, December 3
9:30 am – 10:30 am
Hynes, Level 2, The Hub Stage–Hall D

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Felice Frankel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graphics, images and figures – visual representations of scientific data and concept – are critical components of science and engineering research. They communicate in ways that words cannot. They can clarify or strengthen an argument and spur interest into the research process.

But it is important to remember that a visual representation of a scientific concept or data is a representation and not the thing itself–some interpretation or translation is always involved. Just as writing a journal article, one must carefully plan what to "say," and in what order to "say it." The process of making a visual representation requires you to clarify your thinking and improve your ability to communicate with others.

In this talk, Felice Frankel will show her approach to creating depictions in science and engineering—the successes and failures. Included will be a discussion about how far can we go when "enhancing" science images.