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!

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

We can give this workshop in the following formats:

Interactive lecture (2.5 hours) & Keynote lecture (1 hour)

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.

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.

Let us know what you are looking for so 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.

Keynote lecture

In a keynote lecture we inspire large groups of people to do more with science communication. It’s great when you have a large stage and limited time. In our keynotes we use lots of examples and get the public involved.

  • 1 hour

  • Up to 100 participants

  • For PhD days, conferences and symposiums

  • Great for everyone working in academia

Interactive lecture

Book an interactive lecture if you want people to get to know each other better and interact. In these lectures we combine a keynote lecture with one hour of interactive group work. For example to come up with create ways of science communication together. Great to get the conversation going!

  • 2-3 hours

  • Up to 50 participants

  • For entire departments

  • Works well with diverse groups with junior and senior scientists and even managers.


In our workshops we train people to create something based on their own research. For example a compelling pitch, a (poster) presentation a good story (for the media) or a clear design or graphical abstract. Work individually on your project and learn the skills to become a better science communicator.

  • 4 hours

  • Max. 12 participants
  • For students working on their own research pitch, poster, design or infographic

  • Works best for a group that is similar

  • Time for personal feedback and discussion

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