19 October 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00

Infographics & Iconography

Course description

In this one-day course you will learn how to better understand, design and use infographics, icons and illustrations. An infographic is type of visual communication, incorporating images and icons or illustrations to display a message with very limited use of written text. Ninety percent of the information transmitted to your brain is visual, so it is important to tickle the optic nerves to get people excited about your data (Meyer, J.T. – Infographics for Dummies). This course is recommended to anyone interested in understanding, designing, and using infographics, icons and illustrations. For this course, you should have good knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as you will be asked to design and improve your own icons and images. If you need to improve your Illustrator and Photoshop skills please take the course Scientific Artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator first.  


What you will learn

This project-course starts with the theory of infographics and gives you a better understanding of iconography. It is designed to help you understand the power of data visualization and icon design, while working towards the design of an infographic. You will do this in steps through different assignments during the course.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Learning what an infographic is and what makes it attractive
  • Planning an effective infographic
  • Making the building blocks of infographics (draw in a grid)
  • Effectively using elements like type, color and structure
  • Drawing charts and graphs in Illustrator
  • Visually improving your graphs and charts
  • Drawing icons in Illustrator
  • Combining icons and illustrations in your infographics
  • Researching for relevant data


For this course, you should have a good understanding in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. If you need to improve your Illustrator and Photoshop skills please follow the Scientific Artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator course first. You will have to bring your own laptop, having Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop installed. As an employee of the UU or UMC Utrecht you can buy an Adobe license for only €19,75 via Surfspot.


Illiana Boshoven-Gkini (www.agilecolor.com)

Max. number of participants


Number of credits

0.3 EC

Course schedule

Friday October 19, 09.00 - 17.00

Course certificate

You will receive a certificate of completion if you attend the entire course and complete all the course requirements (i.e. assignments).

Course fee

Course fee internal PhD candidates: €50.
Course fee external participants: €230.

‘Internal PhD candidates’ refers to PhD candidates who are working (either on a salary or on a scholarship) at the faculty of Science, faculty of Veterinary Medicine or UMC Utrecht. Please note that you can use your personal course budget of €400/year (€1,600 max) to pay for these courses. This budget is managed by your department (faculty of Science/Veterinary Medicine) or your Division (UMC Utrecht). 

‘External participants’ include PhD candidates working elsewhere (even those registered with the PhD programmes of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, e.g. at the Hubrecht Institute), PhD candidates from other Schools and postdocs.

Start date and time
19 October 2018 09:00
End date and time
19 October 2018 17:00
Entrance fee
Course fee internal PhD candidates: €50. Course fee external participants: €230.
More information
PhD Course Centre