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Here at Vivid Biology, we love finding ways to turn quite complicated science into great visuals. Recently we created a data visualisation that illustrates the periodic table of elements in terms of electronic configurations. We created it as a teaching aid for chemistry teachers, who typically cover the topic at A-level. We’ve created two versions, one with text and one without. We’re doing art prints of the infographic version, and large school-sized posters for the version with text.


We’ve written a write-up below explaining a bit about the periodic table, and some of our design reasoning. The infographic was designed by Claudia Stocker at Vivid Biology. Krit Sitathani assisted with corrections and general feedback.

October 04, 2021

Here at Vivid Biology, we love finding ways to turn quite complicated science into great visuals. Recently we created a data visualisation that illustrates the periodic table of elements in terms of electronic configurations. We created it as a teaching aid for chemistry teachers, who typically cover the topic at A-level. We’ve created two versions, one with text and one without. We’re doing art prints of the infographic version, and large school-sized posters for the version with text.


We’ve written a write-up below explaining a bit about the periodic table, and some of our design reasoning. The infographic was designed by Claudia Stocker at Vivid Biology. Krit Sitathani assisted with corrections and general feedback.

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A guide by Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor at Scientific American, on how to create science graphics. This guide focuses on complex full-page schematics.

Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor at Scientific American, talks about the spectrum between science illustration and data visualisation. Featuring plenty of examples from the magazine, Christiansen discusses practical considerations for illustrators and lessons learned over the years.

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Science illustration

A guide by Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor at Scientific American, on how to create science graphics. This guide focuses on complex full-page schematics.

This guide features some great animations that illustrate the concept-to-final process of building a graphic.

Guide
Data Visualisation

Simon Watt's guide to the WEISS framework to science/art collaborations explores when you should use them, how you should implement them, and how to make sure that they are relevant to the groups that you're trying to reach.

External blog posts that we've collected

Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor at Scientific American, talks about the spectrum between science illustration and data visualisation. Featuring plenty of examples from the magazine, Christiansen discusses practical considerations for illustrators and lessons learned over the years.

This article will be of interest to those looking for a designer perspective on the Tufte-Holmes debate about whether data decoration is informative or 'chart junk'.

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Science illustration

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Here at Vivid Biology, we love finding ways to turn quite complicated science into great visuals. Recently we created a data visualisation that illustrates the periodic table of elements in terms of electronic configurations. We created it as a teaching aid for chemistry teachers, who typically cover the topic at A-level. We’ve created two versions, one with text and one without. We’re doing art prints of the infographic version, and large school-sized posters for the version with text.


We’ve written a write-up below explaining a bit about the periodic table, and some of our design reasoning. The infographic was designed by Claudia Stocker at Vivid Biology. Krit Sitathani assisted with corrections and general feedback.

Opinions on Design
Design tips for scientists

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  • ScienceArt
  • Science illustration
  • Graphic design
  • Data visualisation