Data visualization allows information ranging from insect life cycles to hygienic tips for flu prevention to be visually explained through charts, diagrams, or pictures. The following project highlights by Mesa Studios, Andrew Baker, Hyperfine Studios, Graham Studios, and NorArte Visual Science demonstrate how visual material can be used to help communicate a variety of scientific topics to audiences of all backgrounds.

  1. Mesa Studios

This natural science project by Mesa Studios depicts an aphid life cycle entomology infographic designed for book publishing.

Mesa Studios is a boutique illustration and animation studio specializing in medical, scientific, and information visualization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between science and audience, helping translate information into clear visual communication. Principal artist Mesa Schumacher holds a science degree from Stanford, and a Masters in Biomedical Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and has over 10 years working experience in science art. Her work has been featured in National Geographic, Scientific American, Cell, Neuron, for Pharmaceuticals, Medical device companies, Academic institutions, Hospitals, Zoos, Aquariums, Museums, and for private research clients.

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2. Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker, represented by Début Art Ltd, developed this infographic illustration to explain the ins and outs of getting energy in the human body.

Andrew Baker is a pioneer of commercial digital illustration and has an enviable list of clients across the design, publishing and advertising landscapes. He has worked extensively in editorial and design settings, with clients ranging from The Guardian to Saatchi & Saatchi. He Studied graphic design at Liverpool Polytechnic and illustration at the Royal College of art, launching his career with work for Vogue and IBM. He has gone on to win several awards including Gold for Editorial Illustration from the Association of Illustrators, and his work has been featured in Novum, Creative Review, The D&AD annual and Images annuals. Recent clients include The Economist, The Radio Time, Barclays Bank, Google, McKinseys, Nature and Time. Andrew also lectures at Middlesex University, and has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including Happy Birthday Edward Lear, in which fifty illustrators came together to celebrate two hundred years since the birth of the originator of nonsense verse.

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3. Hyperfine Studios

Hyperfine Studios developed this illustration of ENVRI community, a community of environmental research infrastructures working together towards an integrated Earth system science through collecting data from terrestrial ecosystem, atmosphere, marine environment as well as solid earth.

Hyperfine Studios helps companies and scientists to visualize their research, making complex scientific subjects easier to understand through appealing animations and images. The studio teams up experts in science and graphic arts to make visuals that stand up and engage. Hyperfine Studios was founded by Marek Skupinski. He is an awarded scientific illustrator and animator who gained his doctorate degree (PhD) in Material Science and Nanotechnology from Uppsala University (Sweden). He has been helping scientists with illustrations and animations for more than 10 years. 

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4. Graham Studios

Graham Studios designed this “All About the Flu” graphic for WebMD.

Whether it’s producing your entire project from script to post production or a pediatric patient handout, Graham Studios can be your expert partner in visualizing complex medical and technical subject matter. His decades of experience from Hollywood to hi-tech pharma will help you to shape your story as illustration, motion graphics or 3D animation. Graham Studios works with the best pharmaceutical agencies in the business with a client roster that includes Amgen, Merck, Genentech, Astellas, Invisalign, Lilly, Procter & Gamble, WebMD, Cedars-Sinai and many others. William Graham is a past member of the Association of Medical Illustrators and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He has won Rx Club awards for illustration and motion graphics and is an Emmy nominee.

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5. NorArte Visual Science

NorArte Visual Science designed this infographic the diversity of the fauna in the estuary of Bilbao has evolved.

NorArte is a scientific illustration studio, it is comprised of three professional of the scientific illustration. We look forward to hearing from you and to make your science visual. Vega holds a PhD in Biology from the University of the Basque Country. She has worked and studied at different European universities as a researcher. She founded the NorArte Study in 2011, uniting her two passions, drawing and science, and driven by the need to improve scientific communication and dissemination. She is currently the coordinator of the first postgraduate degree in scientific illustration in Spain at the University of the Basque Country. Izaskun holds a BSc in Biology from the University of the Basque Country and completed postgraduate specialist studies in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Pablo de Olavide University (Seville, Spain) and Scientific Illustration at the University of the Basque Country. Ana holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country and she has deep knowledge of biology. She completed her postgraduate specialist studies in Scientific Illustration at the University of the Basque Country with honor distinction. She has also a master degree in graphic and multimedia design at the INEDI Design School in Bilbao.

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