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How to make figures that don't suck?

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10 simple rules to make better figures for scientific talks, posters and papers

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How to make figures that don't suck?

  1. 1. How to make figures that don’t suck?
  2. 2. Don’t do this!
  3. 3. Do this!
  4. 4. Ask Edward Tufte
  5. 5. Ask Edward Tufte The Visual Display Of Quantitative Information
  6. 6. 10simple rules
  7. 7. 1.know your audience
  8. 8. 2.identify your message
  9. 9. 2.1salience to relevance
  10. 10. 2.2tell a story
  11. 11. 3.adapt to the medium
  12. 12. 4.use captions
  13. 13. 5.don’t trust the defaults
  14. 14. 6.use colour (effectively)
  15. 15. 6.1use shapes (instead)
  16. 16. 7.do not mislead
  17. 17. 8.avoid junk
  18. 18. 9.message > beauty
  19. 19. 10.get the right tools
  20. 20. How to make figures that don’t suck?
  21. 21. 1. know your audience 2. identify your message 3. adapt to the medium 4. use captions 5. don’t trust the defaults 6. use colour 7. do not mislead 8. avoid junk 9. message > beauty 10. get the right tools
  22. 22. ๏ Rougier et al. (2014). Ten Simple Rules for Better Figures. PLoS Comput Biol 10(9): e1003833. ๏ 35 Points of View columns in Nature Methods ๏ ggplot theme for publication ready Plots 
 (https://rpubs.com/Koundy/71792) ๏ Tufte EG (1983) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press. ๏ Doumont JL (2009) Trees,maps,and theorems. Brussels: Principiae.

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