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 designs and effective diagrams. So your work will be remembered!

Learn the design skills you were never taught at University!

This lecture is the starting point to kick off your design skills. You can choose to focus on the design of poster presentations, infographics or graphical abstracts. We can follow-up with a 4-hour workshop where participants get to work on their own design and get personal feedback and help to improve what they create. Suitable for everyone: from PhD students and professors, to IT support and project managers. No design skills needed!

English or Dutch

Online or in-house

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

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.

Liesbeth and Stephan inspired me to think better about the communication of my research. I thought it was especially cool to learn how to convey a message in such a way that you can attract attention even with the most complex topics. In the future I will package all my messages in a more creative format."

David Oerlemans, student at HAS

This workshop is flexible!

Do you like this workshop, but are you looking for something slightly different? No problem! We offer our workshops in various configurations. In addition to the 4-hour version, we can give keynotes, interactive lectures or split the workshop in two or three sessions.

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.

Fill out the quote form below to tell us the time you have, the amount of participants and the level of interactivity so we can find a solution.

  • One hour to multiple day sessions
  • Small groups up to 12 participants or large audiences

  • More or less interaction

  • For all levels: from PhD students to full professors and from support staff to full-on communicators.

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LanguageWe offer all workshops in English and Dutch.
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