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Wordy, complex articles on scientific issues can often confuse readers, but expressive pictures can help people understand better.

In this article from Storybench, author Yan Wu outlines some takeaways from a NUVis talk by Felice Frankel, photographer and research scientist at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.

According to Frankel, communicating complex scientific information through images is a two-fold process: first, you get people to look at a photograph, and then you help them understand it.

She also advises trying different things when you are dealing with design, but keeping it simple at the same time, avoiding including too much data or unnecessary graphics.

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