Infographics are a mix of words and images to provide further information about a topic. Infographics can be used as graphical abstracts to describe research papers. Infographics can be picture heavy, with text adding extra information. Conversely, infographics may have a lot of text with some images to help explain the point.
How do proteins become formed?
This graphic was created for a client to help explain just that! The DNA codes RNA which in turn codes amino acids. The amino acids help determine the primary structure of alpha helices and beta sheets. Then the protein folds in on itself to create the 3D tertiary structure.
Enzymes are proteins that help reactions take place. They get recycled and reused. In this example, which was created for a client, the enzyme (lactase) binds the substrate lactose at the active site. The enzyme then forms the sugar products and is ready to be used again.
This infographic explains the biological mechanisms of how the coronavirus is destroyed. I have written an accompanying article that expands the ideas further (Destroying Coronavirus, published by Lifeology)
This infographic demonstrates an illustration with facts throughout the infographic.
Cactus Communication Infographics:
I worked with Cactus Communication to help them create infographics for research articles. Most of the topics related to neurology, however I covered other health and mental health topics as well. My role was summarizing the primary literature, creating the text and suggested images. For these projects different artists were used to create the final piece (2019, 38 infographics).
Brief Summary: A pest insect, the glassy wing sharpshooter, lives on a grapevine. These insects use vibrations to talk with each other; using speakers to play the female song back disrupts mating.
1) A simple infographic* that explains the process of creating a signal to disrupt mating: describing the behavior, identifying potential signals, and executing trials that confirm it works.
2) A panel of images* that explains their mating behavior–the description phase.
3) A published graphical abstract using their vibrational pattern to disrupt them during mating on grapevines in the field.
4) A published graphical abstract about communication during sex.
*Published in a book chapter: Gordon & Krugner (2020) in Hill et al (eds) Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior
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