Workshop "Designer Tools for Researchers. Simple but Powerful Practices to Stand Out"

24.06.2024 / 13:00-16:30 CEST

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Producing clear and engaging visual communication is key to standing out as a professional scientist and effectively sharing your research process and findings. It is a skill set that is increasingly valuable in academia and industry. Roman Doroshenko's workshop covers essential tools and principles that, with practice, will significantly enhance your visual communication skills. By learning to use Figma, Canva, and Unsplash, and by understanding basic design principles, participants can improve their ability to create compelling and professional-looking graphics, presentations, and social media content.

Workshop Outline

1.     Figma

Figma is a powerful, cloud-based design tool widely used for interface design and prototyping.

Scientists can use Figma to create and collaborate on diagrams, presentations, and user interfaces for their research projects and websites. Its collaborative features make it easy to work with team members remotely.

2.    Canva

Canva is an accessible, user-friendly design tool perfect for creating a wide range of graphics.

Canva is ideal for non-designers. Scientists can quickly create posters, infographics, social media graphics, and presentations. Its drag-and-drop interface and extensive template library can save time and enhance the visual appeal of scientific content.

3.    Unsplash

Unsplash offers a vast collection of high-quality, free-to-use images.

High-quality visuals are essential for engaging presentations and publications. Scientists can find relevant images to enhance their slides, posters, and social media posts without worrying about licensing issues.

4.    Basic Color/Typography

Fundamental principles of color theory and typography.

Understanding color schemes and typography is crucial for creating visually appealing and readable content. Scientists can learn how to choose appropriate colors and fonts to improve the aesthetic and communicative quality of their materials.

5.    Layouts and Social Networks

Effective layout design and best practices for social media.

Good layout design ensures that information is presented clearly and effectively. Scientists can learn how to structure their documents and social media posts to maximize impact and engagement.

In the first part oft he workshop (13:00-14:45) we will work intensively on Figma. Canva, Unsplash, typography, and layouts will be covered in the second part (15:00-16:30). It is possible to attend only one part of the workshop.

Open to: PhD students, post docs, as well as student assistants and administrative personel involved in science communication and PR work.

Roman Doroshenko is a creative designer based in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, and Berlin, Germany. He has 12+ years of successful experience in graphic design, illustration & brand identity development. During this time he has held positions as web designer, senior designer, art director, and illustrator. He has successfully launched and developed his own design studio and t-shirt brand. Doroshenko is also the author of the logo and entire corporate identity of the Research Center for the History of Transformations at the University of Vienna and head designer of the RECET Festival since 2021.