Learn the design principles to create more impact

Do you want to get creative with your science communication and work with more than text? This design crash course will teach you how to use design to get more impact. It will help you create more beautiful and effective diagrams, posters, infographics and presentations. So your work will be remembered!

Learn the design skills you were never taught school

This lecture is the starting point to kick off your design skills. We can follow-up with a workshop focusing on infographic, poster or presentation design, so you get feedback and help with your designs. Suitable for everyone: from PhD students and professors, to IT support and project managers.

What you will learn

  • How design can help you create more impact.
  • Examples of bad and good posters, presentations, visual abstracts and infographics.
  • Working with colors, fonts, icons and images
  • Designing better graphs and datavisualisations
  • The 9 design principles
  • Which tools and resources to use for your work
  • How to find inspiration for your next project
  • Accessibility and inclusion in design

Workshop details

2 hours

>200 participants

English or Dutch

Online or in-house

A workshop by
Liesbeth Smit, MSc

Liesbeth combines her knowledge of science communication, technology and design to teach you how to communicate better to any audience. She asks tough questions to make sure you create real impact, and she’s excited to share her decade of design experience with you.

Her workshops are brimming with practical tips that you can apply immediately to your reports, presentations, posters and infographics. By following one of Liesbeth’s workshops you will learn the skills you need to get people to pay attention to your message.

More about Liesbeth

The workshop was organized perfectly and clear. It really taught me a lot of principle regarding design. Liesbeth has charisma to guide us into the right direction of using design.

The tips and tools provided were super useful. The structure of the workshop was enjoyable and very interactive.

Our workshops are flexible!

Do you like our workshops, but are you looking for something slightly different? No problem! We offer our workshops in various configurations. In addition to the standard 3 to 4-hour version, we can split the workshop in two or three parts. This gives participants enough time to apply the theory to their own projects – and to receive feedback. We can also combine some workshops to create a full-day program, or fit a narrower time slot by giving a lecture highlighting the most important insights.

Let us know what you are looking for, and we can find a solution.

Additions to this workshop

The design crash course works best when you also book the workshop sessions for poster, presentation or visual abstract design. In the lecture you will learn the design principles, and in the workshop Liesbeth will give feedback and help you get your design to the next level.

We usually give these as 2 or 3 sessions, so there is a lot of time to practice.

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Would you like us to host an online or in-house workshop?
Language of the workshopWe offer all workshops in English and Dutch.
How much time do you have?We can give 1-hour lectures, or workshops if you have more time. The more time you have the more opportunities for interaction & feedback.
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