Post by Bryce Snow
This is the most recent iteration of a flow schematic that I have been working on progressively for each week of this semester. My intentions is to make a visual that articulates well the entire scope of my research
I am a second year Master’s student working in Dr. Brian Cherrington’s Reproductive Endocrinology lab at the University of Wyoming. My project involves studying the effect that estrogen has on the lactation process and why at the molecular level estrogen seems to play a role in breast cancer development.
My intention for this visual was to provide an easy-to-follow, step-wise progression showing where, how, and why our research takes place. My anticipated audience for this visual is one that has some sort of physiological literacy.
Providing both a visually sequential flow as well as an accompanying description of each step is a technique I use when teaching difficult physiological processes. I have found it gives a more complete scope of what is going on when you can associate a step with a point on a visual. I think for the most part I accomplished what I set out to in those regards.
As far as the design element of this visual is concerned I have both come a long way and have a LONG way to go. I really wanted to hand draw every aspect, which is totally out of my comfort zone and probably compromises the legibility of the visual; however I had a great time piecing this together.
Throughout the process I placed an emphasis on simplicity. Simplicity was good for two reasons:
If I can coordinate what is happening using as few colors and moving pieces as possible, in theory I can provide something easy to follow. I tried experimenting with some shading (arrows and estrogen molecule) and texture techniques as well as some font design (Prolactin and PAD). My development of both techniques is in a very nascent state, but I had a TON of fun experimenting, failing, and trying again, which is really what matters!
There is a lot I would revise about this visual, but the thing that sticks out to me the most is the second graders' handwriting I was insistent on using for whatever reason... I had a hard time finding a medium between typed font and hand drawn visuals. I hope to bridge that gap by exploring how to draw on graphic design software.
Post by Michelle Mason
I love talking to people about astronomy, but boy oh boy it can be difficult sometimes.
Astronomy is the most hands-off science out there, because everything under study is literally out of this world.
Post by Jessica Rick
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Post by Jimena Golcher-Benavides
Fig. 1. Dietary flexibility of cichlid fishes during a feeding frenzy over juvenile clupeids. On the left, the width of the flow bars represents the number of species (species richness) within functional groups feeding on juvenile fish or present during the feeding frenzy event and on the right, the width represents the relative abundance within functional groups. Light colors represent functional groups that were present but not attacking juvenile fish; bold colors represent species that were feeding on the clupeid schools (herbivorous feeding guild is color coded in green, omnivorous in yellow and carnivorous in orange). Credit: © Jimena Golcher-Benavides, 2018
I made this figure (Fig.1) for a scientific publication or to accompany a scientific talk. My main objective with this figure was to condense observational data collected underwater during an unusual feeding frenzy event in Lake Tanganyika, East Africa.
This figure was generated using the package Alluvial (Bojanowski and Edwards 2016) in R, version 3.4.2 (R Core Team 2013).
To generate this figure, I searched “plot types in r” on google images and at first something called a “chord diagram” struck me as an attractive way to represent various categorical variables. However, after some trouble-shooting, I realized that this was not appropriate for my kind of data.
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