SciComm and Design

One of the most common grievances we hear our clients say is they wish they had more time. The constant cycle of grant applications, mentoring and teaching commitments, and of course making presentations, eats into time that could be spent, well…”researching.” Sound familiar? But the research process doesn’t have to be a stressful hamster wheel….

Briefing designers is a huge determining factor in how fast and how smoothly a project goes. A good brief tells everybody what’s going on, and sets a project up for success. A bad brief…well let’s just say that chaos ensues. Here we’ve listed a few things that we need to know before we put the…

You will hear us say [a lot] that more images are needed in science – and especially how photography is heavily underutilized! But what’s the deal with stock photos? They may seem like a convenient solution, but here are our top reasons why you should avoid using stock photos in your research presentations. A stock…

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks have become an essential part of our lives. Although PPE may be vital for our health and safety, what is PPE waste doing to our environment? And how does PPE design impact their sustainability as they become a necessarily safety accessory? The…

So, you want to start working with designers? Awesome! Being able to communicate using clear, well-curated visuals is crucial to the success of your marketing, outreach, pitches, funding proposals, and much more! Having a creative counterpart to help you communicate your research or innovation is an invaluable tool. But embarking on finding the right person…

Our new free design workshop is live and ready for viewing! As of today, anyone can sign up and watch the free workshop at their leisure. The video combines the best bits of previous presentations Molly has given over the years and distilled it down into an info-packed 30 minute session. Throughout the workshop you’ll…

Science and design are two very different languages. Both use words that you would probably never hear, or need to know outside of their respective industries and that can make working together a challenge! As with most of our projects, the key to a good collaboration is communication. For us, that typically means talking less,…

Looking for a new podcast to tune into? Why not check out The ACES Podcast podcast by ACES. From PhD students to some of Australia’s leading research scientists, podcast producer Sam Findlay some incredible guests from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) network. Each guest shares their own personal (and often illuminating)…

What’s it like to study and work across two completely different industries? Very few know better than our Creative in Chief, Molly Patton who has spent more than ten years with a foot in both science and the creative arts.  She recently had a chat with Deakin University at the 2019 Photography Graduate Exhibition to…

Looking for a new podcast to tune into? Why not check out the Lab Notes podcast by Eon Labs? Eon Labs director Leo Stevens hosts some incredible guests in the fields of science, technology, entrepreneurship (and design) in the Lab Notes Podcast. Each guest contributes unique and interesting perspectives on topics ranging from fundamental (blue…