Illustration: Creating the Best Designs

  • Michael Alley


The goals for illustrations are similar to the goals for language. First, you should make your illustrations precise. Precision does not mean having the most accurate illustrations. Rather, precision means having illustrations that best reflect the accuracy of the language. An equally important goal of illustrations is clarity. Too often in scientific writing, illustrations confuse rather than inform. Clarity demands not only that your illustrations convey the information intended, but also that they not convey any unintended information that misleads or confuses the audience.


Sandia National Laboratory White Space Scientific Writing Photo Graph Mechanical Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer EngineeringVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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