Making Science and Engineering Pictures

A square composed of red arrows pointing vertically, horizontally, and diagonally to a red circle at the center.

Detail from the cover design of the book Visual Strategies, by Felice Frankel, co-authored with Angela DePace. (Graphic by Stefan Sagmeister, used with permission.)


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Course Description

This collection of videos teaches how to use a flatbed scanner to create photographs of science and engineering. It is part of the interdisciplinary course taught at MIT called “Visual Strategies for Scientists and Engineers” that provides instruction in best practices for creating more effective graphics and photographs to support and communicate research in science and engineering.

About the Instructor

Felice Frankel is an award-winning science photographer and research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Felice's images have been internationally published in books, journals, and magazines, including the New York Times, Nature, Science, National Geographic, and Discover. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred P. Sloan and Guggenheim Foundation, and others.


The production of these videos is supported by Open Courseware, MITx, the Center for Materials Science and Engineering and the following departments: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Frankel, Felice. RES.10-001 Making Science and Engineering Pictures, Fall 2014. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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