Science Visualization: Guiding principles for the motion design of scientific disseminations

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This paper discusses the use of motion design in creating visual and animated scientific dissemination - in the paper labeled as ‘science visualization’. Through a review of prominent animation theory, science visualization is framed a genre of functional animation, which uses animation outside the field of arts and entertainment. This includes a discussion of the potentials and constraints animation holds when used for didactic communication purposes. Based on the review, we propose and discuss six continuums for motion designers to consider when building science visualizations in collaboration with scientist and provide examples of its possible configurations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Motion Design Education Summit 2021 (MODE 2021)
Number of pages9
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventMotion Design Education Summit 2021 - Online
Duration: 9 Jun 202114 Jun 2021


ConferenceMotion Design Education Summit 2021


  • science communication
  • animation
  • explainer videos
  • information visualization
  • visual thinking
  • science visualization


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