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Monday, June 1, 2009

Science Cartoons - 5 (RNA-Seq)

This is the last science cartoon I did for my poster. I was pretty happy with the pictures, although if I were to do it over again, I've learned a few more tricks that I'd have used instead.

Anyhow, my favorite effect on this picture is the "text to path", where you can make any string follow any line - who knew graphic design could be so much fun. It definitely makes for some interesting graphics. I'd definitely use this effect in an RNA folding paper, if I ever got the chance to do another one. (-;

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Blogger Luke said...

Nice. The comic strip form seems good for giving a simple summary of a complex topic. I wonder whether this is down more to the pictures giving good illustration, or the word count limitations forcing you to be concise?

A quick nitpick: should't the text in the first panel read "to catalog THE full collection of RNA in a cell"?

June 1, 2009 4:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

I agree - it does seem to work well, and I think it's really both - illustrations and concise text are both important. Of course, this is just my first try at it - I'm sure there's lots of room for improvement.

I remember a guy doing something very similar in Discover magazine around 1999-2000-ish, and he was always able to get his point across quickly and efficiently. In large part, that was my inspiration for the idea.

Anyhow, you're right - It does seem to be missing a "the" in the sentence. I'll fix that when I return from the trip. (=


June 1, 2009 9:06:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look really nice - great idea for a poster. What was the font that you used?

June 3, 2009 7:02:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Anthony Fejes said...

Thanks for the comment and the compliment!

I'll have to check on the font when I get back to Vancouver - I think it was called patina or something similar - it was one of the ones that was already available in inkscape on Ubuntu.

June 3, 2009 10:13:00 AM PDT  

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