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Design Basics for Scientists


The workshop conveys a basic knowledge about the compelling usage of graphical elements (typography, image, color) and the application of the key principles of graphic design (balance, proportion, composition, alignment, focal point, etc.) to professionally and effectively present academic content. In combination with an overview and training how to use essential design tools of the graphics software Adobe InDesign CC, participants will have the opportunity to train their design skills hands-on, as well as to get the best out of their drafts, by analysing and discussing with group and trainer during the practice sessions.

We use InDesign to show you the basic workflow with a professional design tool. No matter what kind of software you will choose later, all key principles of design covered in the workshop are transferable to any other application.


Dr. Birgit Lukowski


PostDocs, Promovierende


Communicating, presenting & publishing


Please equip your computer with a free-trial version of Adobe InDesign CC. Moreover, you are warmly invited to bring along own text and image material, recently designed drafts, or examples of design tasks you are specifically interested in.

If you are particularly interested in academic poster design, please choose the workshop format Designing Effective Academic Posters


Graduiertenakademie Leipzig

Graduiertenakademie Leipzig
Wächterstraße 30
04107 Leipzig

Tel.: 0341-9737184