Illustration for Science Course
16 Hours for in Class Training
Tuition : $ 35 per hour
Scientific Illustration is the use of illustration to visually communicate information of a technical nature. Scientific illustrations can be components of technical drawings or diagrams. Technical illustrations in general aim “to generate expressive images that effectively convey certain information via the visual channel to the human observer”.
Technical illustrations generally have to describe and explain the subjects to a nontechnical audience. Therefore the visual image should be accurate in terms of dimensions and proportions, and should provide “an overall impression of what an object is or does, to enhance the viewerâ€™s interest and understanding”.
Today, technical illustration can be broken down into three categories based on the type of communication:
Communication with the general public: informs the general public, for example illustrated instructions found in the manuals for automobiles and consumer electronics. This type of technical illustration contains simple terminology and symbols that can be understood by the lay person and is sometimes called creative technical illustration/graphics.
Specialized engineering or scientific communication: used by engineers/scientists to communicate with their peers and in specifications. This use of technical illustration has its own complex terminology and specialized symbols; examples are the fields of atomic energy, aerospace and military/defense. These areas can be further broken down into disciplines of mechanical, electrical, architectural engineering and many more.
Communication between highly skilled experts: used by engineers to communicate with people who are highly skilled in a field, but who are not engineers. Examples of this type of technical illustration are illustrations found in user/operator documentation. These illustrations can be very complex and have jargon and symbols not understood by the general public, such as illustrations that are part of instructional materials for operating CNC machinery.