Science infographics for Frontiers

We have always enjoyed the process of working with researchers and scientists to bring their findings to large audiences. Many of my favorite moments in my previous roles at The New York Times and National Geographic were associated with pouring through research papers and working with experts in archaeology, paleontology, conservation science and so on to try to turn complexity into accessible learning.

Last month we started collaborating with Frontiers, one of the world’s leading and highest-cited publishers of peer-reviewed, open access scientific journals. Frontiers is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and publishes 105 journals such as Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers in Physics, and many more.

Our first couple of infographics are for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, and highlight the findings of research papers on the cognitive abilities of birds and the risk of alpine plant extinction due to glacier retreat. The graphics were done to accompany press releases about the papers, and aim to showcase scientific findings for a general audience that would normally not encounter or read the original research papers. From the point of view of design I think they benefit from the clean and restrained color palette and abundant use of white space requested by the Frontiers Design team (props to Caroline Sutter). Here are the two graphics. Looking forward to more!

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