Slide show from Milan

Just back from Milan where I gave a presentation on Visual Storytelling for the Scientist and Researcher to Associazione Alessandro Liberati – Network Italiano Cochrane annual meeting http://associali.it/

A very fascinating day of presentations based around the communication of biomedical research and health issues with images and new social media, dissertations on how to be a smart medical writer, and how to make sure that health information online is not presented misleadingly


As requested, here is my (slightly reduced) slideshow
May even get around to putting some words on them
A great day and thanks to the organisers for inviting me.
Hope to go back at some stage…

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Visual Storytelling for the Scientist and Researcher

Just back from Milan where I gave a presentation on Visual Storytelling for the Scientist and Researcher to Associazione Alessandro Liberati – Network Italiano Cochrane annual meeting http://associali.it/

A very interesting day of presentations all based around communication of biomedical research and health issues with images and new social media, dissertations on how to be a smart medical writer, and how to make sure that health information online is not presented misleadingly

The audience was made up of about 250 people, including clinical researchers, epidemiologists, health decision makers, and scientific journalists.

It was a fascinating day of presentations from:
Davide Bennato, social media expert and founder of Tecnoetica
James Heilman, promoter of the WikiMedicine project
Alice Pace, journalist of Wired.it
Myself
and then after lunch
Annamaria Testa, creative advertiser and writer
followed by a round table discussion
A great day and thanks to the organisers for inviting me.
Hope to go back at some stage…

I have been asked to put my presentation up online – it was rather long and I had to cut it short after running out of time but I will try to do it very soon
In the mean time here’s Davide’s reflections of the meeting, thanks to him for this http://www.tecnoetica.it/2014/05/27/ricerca-comunicazione-amori-difficili-non-impossibili/
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Malofiej 22

Have just returned from Pamplona in Spain from the annual Malofiej infographics summit and workshop. Organised by the SND, Malofiej is regarded as the ‘Pulitzer’ prize for infographics. A must visit for any infographics artist at least once in their career.

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A fantastic time, well attended, a great chance to mingle and meet with professionals and friends from all over the world over a drink or two and full of interesting presentations over the two days of the summit.

Once again Pamplona greeted us with snow, rain, wind and sun – all in one day (almost). But that didn’t, and never does, dampen the spirit.

Huge congratulations to all the winners this year both in print and online categories

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M22 awards list

 

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Featured portfolio – update

Recently I was asked by Tiago Veloso at Visualoop.com to re-feature my portfolio on his fantastic website dedicated to infographics

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I was previously showcased about a year ago and so this was a chance to update the link and to show off a couple of pieces I had completed over the year.

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Many thanks to Tiago and I suggest you bookmark his extensive site http://visualoop.com/

 

 

Sirius Worshippers

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Monday morning news meeting – ‘we have a story about how the world’s oldest temple, Göbelki Tepe in southern Turkey, may have been built to worship the dog star, Sirius’ said the reporter. The temple is still under excavation and so not an easy one to picture or to get info for, so we discussed using a graphic to illustrate the idea of what it may have looked like and been used for. Using photographs from the researchers and additional materials, I sketched out the profiles in Illustrator…

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…before importing and refining them in Cinema4D.

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Colour and additional refining was done in photoshop before bringing back into Illustrator for text and the map to be added. The rough graphic was on page by Monday afternoon with the finished one Monday evening

About this blog…

I am an information designer and visual communicator with more than 25 years experience and director of Nigel Hawtin Information design Ltd

Until recently I was the graphics editor of New Scientist base in London, England.

I’m hoping this blog will show a collection of graphics produced for New Scientist as well as others publications and websites and keep up to date with my public speaking events. I thought it would be good to share the processes and challenges I go through creating the maps, charts and explanatory graphics for the scientific specialist and researcher as well as to the general broader reader with an interest in science. I would also like to include and share any graphics and visualisations that I come upon as well as my experiences at conferences and meetings

I have been involved in producing scientific and technical graphics for over 30 years. Initially with pen & ink and water colours before moving on to fully computerised 2D and 3D materials using Illustrator, Photoshop and Cinema4D.

All views are my own. I hope you find this interesting.

New Scientist is a London based weekly magazine. With a small staff, we produce information graphics that cover all aspects of science and technology, from maps of biodiversity to the latest explanation of a quantum theory.

All images are copyrighted by New Scientist unless otherwise stated