I was not able to watch and listen to all of the talks on Monday, but still... I was left with a very familiar feeling.
Rob Simmon tweeted this picture, saying:
Slides at #sackler haven’t been great, but not bad. However, we’ve reached the dreaded wall of text:
I cannot quite believe that at a symposium devoted to excellence in communication would showcase such a completely tone-deaf attempt at communicatiom.
Shortly after that, I flipped over to the live stream and saw this:
Tiny legend, the ubiquitous boxes (overlapping text), and a virtual rainbow of colours, title overlapping the data, and pointless branding in the bottom. Does anyone think these are excellent examples of visual communication?
A typical image of panelists in the life feed was like this:
Hardly anyone looks comfortable. It’s the impression I keep getting from this symposium, both years: terribly earnest, and terribly conservative.
Science communicators need to lead by example