Webinar: Infographics

This webinar will introduce participants to the purpose, planning and design of infographics.

This webinar will serve as an introduction to the design principles involved in creating infographics and data visualisations. Highlighting software and online tools, you will learn how to tell visual stories with your research outputs. Examples of unique data visualisation projects will be shown for inspiration. Designing communications that appeal on an aesthetic level is important no matter what discipline you work in.

This webinar will explore how data can be turned into compelling visual stories, including flat graphic design (infographics).

Topics covered include:

  • The importance of good visual storytelling
  • Design principles
  • Examples of good practice

Please note: Although different visualisation software options will be discussed during the webinar, this is not a software-training course.


The recorded webinar, slides and resources (recommended readings and websites) are available on PLATO's intranet.


Dr Mhairi Towler, Founder and CEO Vivomotion

Towler integrates a background in science with animation skills in order to use visual and 3D methodologies to communicate science more effectively. Mhairi gained a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Dundee. She then carried out postdoctoral work, both in San Francisco and Dundee, in varying fields such as cell biology and human physiology. She was a founder member and Co-chair of the College of Life Sciences Postdoctoral Association. During her time as a postdoc she also completed a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education and while studying for this recognised the importance of the visual as a cognitive tool.

While working as a scientist she became involved in several Sci-Art projects and collaborating with artists gave her an insight into the art world that inspired her and influenced her career aspirations with the ultimate goal of becoming a scientific visualisation practitioner. She completed a Masters in Animation and Visualisation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee in 2012 in order to pursue this goal.

Published Nov. 13, 2019 10:26 AM - Last modified Feb. 3, 2020 12:03 PM