Graphic Science

Tips and Tutorials about Figures and Printed Media
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I am presenting "Bad Graph" examples at UW Showcase today at 9am in the Northwoods Room (3rd floor) of Union South.

Here is a link to my presentation.
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I got married in August of 2014, and we served pie.  I made cardboard and parchment paper boxes for guests to take leftover pie home.  I used the laser cutter at Sector67 and some chipboard (cardboard) that was kindly donated by another Sector member for us to use at a discount.

Pile of Pie Boxes

I drew the designs in Adobe Illustrator.  The chipboard was cut and scored using the CNC laser cutter, and then glued using Elmer's glue and clips to hold them while they dried.

Design for pie box

The liner was made of parchment paper to insure that pie-goo would not soak through the chipboard.  It turns out that parchment paper is not only impervious to pie jelly, but it also resists all glues and tape that I tried.  Since I could not use an adhesive to secure the liner in a triangle shape, I decided to use folded tabs and slots instead.

Design for Pie Box Liner

Parchment paper cuts easily on the laser cutter, but I was unable to score it because even the lowest setting cut through the parchment paper.  Instead, I laser cut a piece of wood with guide-slots for where the creases should be.  Then I used a dried-up old BIC pen to score the parchment using the wooden template.

Wood guide template used for scoring the parchment paper

Then it was folded along the score lines and the tabs inserted into the slots.

Pie Box Liner made of Parchment Paper

I bought some wooden forks from Amazon, and my Friend, Allison, helped me tie them to the box lids with ribbon.

Pie Box with Liner and Fork

The boxes worked really well for holding pie, but somewhere along the course of the night the staff hid all the pie boxes left under a table so guests thought we had run out.  Oh well!  We have been finding other uses for them.

Pie Boxes
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute published part 2 of the infographics I helped them with for their NOVA special on Vaccines.

Portion of an Infographic
K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @
I made this animation to help describe the concept behind the NSA Away encryption device.  The NSA Away was Sector67's submission to the 2014 Hackaday prize.  We made it to the semifinals, and won a $1K box of electronics and a 3D printer for our Makerspace.

Cartoon from the NSA Away

Here is a news article about the NSA Away.
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I drew this figure for the Chanda Lab illustrating how a particular amino acid on an ion channel interacts with it's environment and effects the Kinetics of the channel's opening and closing.
Read the article here.

Chowdhury et al figure
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I drew the images in a methods animation for a Journal of Visualized Experiments article, which is a video-based science journal.  It's about a technique to culture and visualize hippocampal neurons and it is written by the Lochner lab at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon (my Alma mater).  Unfortunately, you can only watch the full video if your IP address is on the campus of a university that subscribes to JoVE.

K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @
Here is part one of an info graphic I made for HHMI and NOVA to accompany their vaccine TV episode.

The biggest challenge with this project was to choose information that the public would find interesting and understandable.  We wanted to provide detailed, specific information without being dull or actuarial.  I was guided by Dr. Laura Helft, Science Outreach Specialist for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  We took great care to make the calculations as accurate, conservative, and as honest as possible.  Please spread the word about the importance of vaccines against debilitating and deadly diseases like Rubella, Polio, Whooping Cough, Measles, Mumps, Shingles, & Meningitis.

Preview of Infographic
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On Tuesday, December 9th, I am giving a talk in the WIMR building entitled,

Good Graphs, Communicating Numbers Visually.

I made the presentation using the Prezi website, and you can view it here.

Seminar Details

K8Baldwin by K8Baldwin @

If you are attending a broad-topic meeting, many of your poster-viewing audience may not be familiar with your field. The introduction section of your poster may actually be the most interesting to them. A simple figure that introduces the viewer to your system can go miles towards keeping your viewer’s interest and helping them understand the context of your experimental question. I made this figure to introduce the concept of cytoadherence of blood cells during cerebral malaria for a student working in the Aliberti Lab.

cytoadherence of blood cells

During cerebral malaria, infected blood cells start to adhere to the endothelial cells lining blood vessels in the brain. This disrupts normal blood flow and can lead to death of the patient. A simple figure like this costs $30 and adds life to your poster.

Here is how the whole poster came out: Poster Before and After I reformatted the poster, including drawing the mosquito, blood vessel, and methods diagrams, as well as in-depth reformatting of all 8 graphs for $130.
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I was working on a protein diagram today, trying to come up with shapes for the different domains.  I found myself thinking back to the fun game, perfection.
Perfection Game
It's a great a source of shape ideas for your next diagram.
Protein Diagram with Shapes
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