Who is this site for?

I created this website because I wanted a place to discuss the use of design in science. As a Creative Designer in science communication for the past twelve years, I have worked across STEM with scientists, clinical researchers, engineers, surgeons, epidemiologists, global health experts, statisticians and criminologists. I hope my experience and perspective can be a resource for both scientists and designers to work better collaboratively on science using design principles.

Scientists

An important part of being a scientist is being able to communicate about your research clearly and effectively to an audience. Visual communication and design are an integral part of science communication.

Find out more about how you can use creative communication tools to bring art and design to your science.

Designers

Designers have the unique ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts in a variety of ways. Science communication and the design of science has never been more crucial to get right. As designers, we have an opportunity to create connections with science.

Learn more about what working with scientists is like for designers, plus ways to think about how you can incorporate some of the concepts and values within science communication in your own work.

Artists

Art and science have been intertwined for the ages, with many throughout history finding themselves in both roles as artist and scientist, particularly around things like anatomy and drawing the human form. There are scientists who are also artists, there are artists who create detailed scientific illustrations and others who create cartoons to teach children about science.

Take a look at some of the ways art and science can intersect to form incredible connections.

About the Site

When I decided to create The Design of Science, it was mostly as a way for me to share the experience that comes with being a designer at a research institute in medicine for twelve years. Prior to that, I was a research assistant for a criminologist, focused on gathering and analyzing racial profiling in policing data, as well as designing a website and an online database of all racial profiling litigation and legislation in the United States.

My background as a designer goes back even further, building my first website in 1999 and teaching myself Photoshop and Illustrator twenty years ago. My entire career has been oriented around design and focused on ways of connecting people with scientific information.

I also realized how important it was to capture and share the different ways I was collaborating with scientists around coronavirus research given the urgency of the pandemic, so I decided it made sense creating a website that was public facing and could be a resource to both designers and scientists.

If anyone has some money lying around and wants to fund these adventures across design and science, here are just some of the things I’d love to do, given the resources:

  • Featured paid contributor pieces from designers, scientists, collaboration teams, etc.
  • Create video content (tutorials, tips & tricks, etc.)
  • Create a yearly printed publication featuring the best in design in science
  • Host regular virtual events featuring designers, scientists, artists, etc.
  • Live drawing sessions with paid instructors for scientists

In the meantime, you can subscribe to my Patreon and support the work that I do here.

About Me

Hi! I’m Alexandra Gallant. I’m a graphic designer, web designer, front end developer, UX designer, UI designer, content strategist, communications specialist, content developer, creative director, illustrator, cartoonist and artist. I have over 20 years of experience as a designer for science and research, working across fields like volcanology, criminology, medicine and engineering.

I am a self-taught designer, first learning HTML and CSS as a teenager, building my own websites, including one of the first Star Wars fan sites on the early days of the internet and had countless iterations of a personal website and blog. A friend and I spent every spare minute teaching ourselves early graphics programs in high school to create graphics for our websites.

While in college studying Criminology, I taught myself more about graphic design and Photoshop and Illustrator, branching out to digital art. I continued to hone my skills and was hired as both a freelance and in-house designer, as well as a rock climbing instructor and an arts and crafts teacher before joining Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2008.

My current role as Creative Designer involves everything from graphic design to user experience to video production to content strategy, if it is visual communications related or focused on web and design, it’s generally my domain.