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Software to use

Inkscape: vector graphics editor

Invest in a good text editor

LyX: a middle ground to LaTeX and Word

A better web reading experience

Image conversion with a right-click

Creating Figures

To make a good schematic, copy, adapt, and refine

Know your image file formats

Figure captions need not be a half page

Figures need attention to detail

Remove redundant labels

Using Colour Effectively

Stop using rainbow colourmaps

Design for black-and-white printing

Design using the HSL colour space


Add any symbol without leaving the keyboard

A hyphen is not a minus sign, and other mistaken characters

Why LaTeX-typeset documents look professional

Four effortless LaTeX packages you should use

To italicise or not to italicise

Presenting data

Significant figures aren’t necessarily significant

Talks and posters

Scientific posters needn’t look like scientific posters

Simplify your slides

Skip the outline slide; use a sidebar

Powerpoint isn’t a scrapbook

Put three photos on your title slide

Using Python’s Matplotlib

Matplotlib animations the easy way

Vector and raster in one with Matplotlib