Words are not the only parts of your content – information also needs to be shown in tables, graphs and other visual elements. This section discusses the types of displays and the conventions used in scientific visual communication.
‘Showing’ information means turning observations and data into a visual story that can be easily and quickly understood by your audience. A simple table can often convey information at a glance that would otherwise require several paragraphs to explain in text. A well-designed graph can demonstrate relationships far more effectively than a text description alone.
This section of the manual covers:
- principles of showing information
- types of visual displays
- general conventions for visual displays
- using an information design approach
- diagrams, including infographics
- scientific illustrations