Scientific Artwork, Data visualisation and Infographics with Adobe Illustrator

This course will teach the tools needed to create beautiful and functional vector graphics/illustrations and develop infographics.
For: PhD candidates, postdocs and staff.

Vector graphics are the main product of Adobe Illustrator and the fundamental design element for your infographics. After completing the course, you will create your scientific artwork and visualize your data in Adobe Illustrator with efficiency. We will discuss the theory behind infographics'; design, and you will appreciate the power of color and typography used to your designs.

Learning objectives

Our goal is to introduce Adobe Illustrator and help you design vector graphics, graphs & illustrations. Starting from scratch, you will discover how to navigate the program, draw your illustrations, and develop your infographics. You will be provided with a straightforward manual so you can always look back when you have a new designing challenge. You will be trained to recognize a good and lousy infographic design and improve your designs with simple but necessary designing techniques.

Instructional methods

The course is divided into four sessions. The focus of the first two sessions is in Adobe Illustrator. During the last two, we will dive into the design theory of Infographics. There will be a theoretical part in all five sessions, followed by exercises done with the trainer's supervision and help. The exercises are given beforehand, but you can always bring your designing challenge to practice. The exercises in the Adobe Illustrator sessions are designed to teach you the program's tools and functions. In the Infographics sessions, they will help you see and recognize designing flaws and enhance your designs with the knowledge you have acquired during the course.

Remember that Adobe Illustrator is used to drawing illustrations and vector graphics, while Adobe InDesign is made to layout any file from a figure to a thesis book. If your goal is to layout, consider following the other course provided (Adobe InDesign - from Dissertation Layout to Poster Design).


To follow the course you need a laptop, having Adobe Illustrator installed in the English language. You will receive a printed manual which is also written in English, so it makes it easier to follow the theory and practical’s. Also, remember to have a mouse or a graphic tablet to work during the sessions since the mousepad of the laptop will make your work difficult. Since the course is online and the sessions are interactive, a microphone and a camera are obligatory in the course's participation. 


Iliana Boshoven-Gkini (1981) has completed two master diplomas in Landscape architecture, Floriculture, and garden design, in the Agricultural University of Athens and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After completing her studies, she started working independently (2012) (AgileColor design studio | and focused, among others, on helping PhD students with their thesis books and scientific artwork. From 2015 she started teaching Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and Infographics courses in Wageningen and Utrecht Universities and gave guest lectures/training to numerous other occasions in the Netherlands and Switzerland. From 2019 she is a certified teacher in the Netherlands (CRKBO, Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs).

Number of participants: 8 – 15