Examples of recent publications
Stages of growth in wheat plant, seedling, tillering, heading and maturity

Developmental time course of bread wheat

The transcriptional landscape of polyploid wheat

Ramírez-González et al.

Science 361, eaar6089 (2018)

For more examples see > portfolio

A wheat spike, a floret and a cross section of a grain

Grain weight across a spike

A reductionist approach to dissecting grain weight and yield in wheat

Jemima Brinton, Cristobal Uauy

Journal of integrative plant biology, vol 61 issue 3 (2019)

wheat plant growth illustrated at four stages, seedling to maturity, the development timeline of a seed, with graphs and supporting data

'Supercharging' plant growth: speed breeding 2.0

Breeding crops to feed 10 billion

Lee T Hickey, Amber N Hafeez, Hannah Robinson, Brande BH Wulff et al.

Nature biotechnology, review article (2019)

Services

Flozbox-science was born through the necessity of my colleagues to make the presentation of their work more aesthetically pleasing, to excite and to capture the attention of the audience, whilst relaying concise data. 

Given the tremendous amount of work, time and effort, the attention to detail, and the resources, that go in to the science, the amount of attention given to the visual communication of the final product pales into insignificance. Flozbox-science is here to help bridge that gap, to provide a professional finishing touch.

My portfolio is a showcase of my services, of complex figures, schematic diagrams and concept illustrations, most often commissioned for journals, proposals and presentations. All images are produced to meet specific print requirements for publication and/or are optimised for screen/online content.

If you have seen the about Flozbox page you will know why the work appears to be so specialised, I work in a crop genetics lab, and have been working within my own field but I do welcome and would love to help visualize all aspects of science.

Timescale

If you are considering commissioning a job, please take in to account that I have a 9-5 day job and a family. I work nights, so a project may take a little longer than usual. It is advisable to allow for a 2 to 3 week completion time. This allows for the first draft to go back and forth for any necessary amendments, final tweaks and polishing. I will accept last minute deadlines if I am able, and if I think the task achievable. A last minute deadline will incur a slight increase in the hourly rate.

“Tobin can take a simple concept and elevate it into a truly stunning visual artwork. This helps us communicate our science and increase the impact of our work across audiences, be that proposals, presentations or figures for publications.”

Dr. Cristobal Uauy. John Innes Centre.

To request a quote

To be able to provide an accurate quote I need to have as much information as possible on the requirements of the project .

Layout and content – It is really useful to have an idea of the layout if the figure has multiple components, and has a flow, or path the eye should follow. Anything will help, no matter how rough. I have worked from pages of scribbled arrows and illegible scrawling, to very well thought out and nicely presented powerpoint slides.

Content may range from a single illustration, or schematic, to a text heavy figure with several illustrations, so it is important to know what I am quoting for. It is desirable for any text or data content to be at its final revision, as later amendments may necessitate a radical alteration to the layout.

Supplementary research material – This can be provided at a later date, but it can be helpful in preparing the quote as it may give me a clearer idea of the task in hand. Links to related articles or relevant sites, with diagrams or photographic reference can be incredibly useful and save time I may need to spend on research otherwise.

 

Contact: tobin@flozbox.com

 

"We enjoy working with Tobin - the process is interactive, he always delivers on time, and the results have been fantastic!"

Dr. Brande B Wulff. John Innes Centre.

Is the figure for publication in a journal?

Format and dimensions – If the project is for publication in a journal, I will need to know the precise dimensions and figure format as specified by the journal. For projects with less specific requirements I will simply need to know if the work is for screen or print, and at what scale it is intended to be viewed at.

 

Science figures, illustrations and schematics - Do I need a professional?

What do I need to make a good science figure?

Clarity, above all, is most critical. A figure needs to be easily read, followed and understood. This requires a good composition, which can be difficult as there is often a lot of information to try and squeeze in to a small space, but it is essential, as a well composed figure can lead the readers eye around the page, from start to finish, in a smooth and seamless motion.

Consistency, for an even balance and a professional touch, pay real attention to the little things. The font, font size and colour. Header text, body text, text and object alignment. There are many things to consider, and to double check!

The use of colour needs to be well thought out. Using a colour blind friendly palette can be a good starting point. To achieve a balance, colours need to compliment each other, either in tone or hue, or both. Again this has a real impact on the way the readers eye moves around the figure.

What are the benefits of having a professionally designed science figure?

Besides the obvious aesthetic impact a professional figure will give your project, consider your time. Many clients have told me that they have already spent several days, even a week, working on a figure before coming to me for help. On an equivalent timescale Flozbox-science can provide a polished final product, visually complimenting the content it accompanies.

 

 

Contact: tobin@flozbox.com

Plant cell cross section, the nucleus is bowl shaped, DNA strands inside spaghetti-like, a magnified section indicates the nucleosome
illustrations, figures and schematics for science publications, proposals, posters and presentations
Recent publications
Stages of growth in wheat plant, seedling, tillering, heading and maturity

Developmental time course of bread wheat

The transcriptional landscape of polyploid wheat

Ramírez-González et al. Science 361, eaar6089 (2018)

A wheat spike, a floret and a cross section of a grain

Grain weight across a spike

A reductionist approach to dissecting grain weight and yield in wheat

Jemima Brinton, Cristobal Uauy. Journal of integrative plant biology, vol 61 (2019)

wheat plant growth illustrated at four stages, seedling to maturity, the development timeline of a seed, with graphs and supporting data

'Supercharging' plant growth: speed breeding 2.0

Breeding crops to feed 10 billion

Lee T Hickey et al. Nature biotechnology, review article (2019)

Services

Flozbox-science was born through the necessity of my colleagues to make the presentation of their work more aesthetically pleasing, to excite and to capture the attention of the audience, whilst relaying concise data. 

Given the tremendous amount of work, time and effort, the attention to detail, and the resources, that go in to the science, the amount of attention given to the visual communication of the final product pales into insignificance. Flozbox-science is here to help bridge that gap, to provide a professional finishing touch.

My portfolio is a showcase of my services, of complex figures, schematic diagrams and concept illustrations, most often commissioned for journals, proposals and presentations. All images are produced to meet specific print requirements for publication and/or are optimised for screen/online content.

If you have seen the about Flozbox page you will know why the work appears to be so specialised, I work in a crop genetics lab, and have been working within my own field but I do welcome and would love to help visualize all aspects of science.

A timeline shows the development of a grain of wheat

Timescale

If you are considering commissioning a job, please take in to account that I have a 9-5 day job and a family. I work nights, so a project may take a little longer than usual. It is advisable to allow for a 2 to 3 week completion time. This allows for the first draft to go back and forth for any necessary amendments, final tweaks and polishing. I will accept last minute deadlines if I am able, and if I think the task achievable. A last minute deadline will incur a slight increase in the hourly rate.

“Tobin can take a simple concept and elevate it into a truly stunning visual artwork. This helps us communicate our science and increase the impact of our work across audiences, be that proposals, presentations or figures for publications.”

Dr. Cristobal Uauy. John Innes Centre.

To request a quote

To be able to provide an accurate quote I need to have as much information as possible on the requirements of the project .

Layout and content – It is really useful to have an idea of the layout if the figure has multiple components, and has a flow, or path the eye should follow. Anything will help, no matter how rough. I have worked from pages of scribbled arrows and illegible scrawling, to very well thought out and nicely presented powerpoint slides.

Content may range from a single illustration, or schematic, to a text heavy figure with several illustrations, so it is important to know what I am quoting for. It is desirable for any text or data content to be at its final revision, as later amendments may necessitate a radical alteration to the layout.

Supplementary research material – This can be provided at a later date, but it can be helpful in preparing the quote as it may give me a clearer idea of the task in hand. Links to related articles or relevant sites, with diagrams or photographic reference can be incredibly useful and save time I may need to spend on research otherwise.

 

Contact: tobin@flozbox.com

 

"We enjoy working with Tobin - the process is interactive, he always delivers on time, and the results have been fantastic!"

Dr. Brande B Wulff. John Innes Centre.

Is the figure for publication in a journal?

Format and dimensions – If the project is for publication in a journal, I will need to know the precise dimensions and figure format as specified by the journal. For projects with less specific requirements I will simply need to know if the work is for screen or print, and at what scale it is intended to be viewed at.

Science figures, illustrations and schematics - Do I need a professional?

What do I need to make a good science figure?

Clarity, above all, is most critical. A figure needs to be easily read, followed and understood. This requires a good composition, which can be difficult as there is often a lot of information to try and squeeze in to a small space, but it is essential, as a well composed figure can lead the readers eye around the page, from start to finish, in a smooth and seamless motion.

Consistency, for an even balance and a professional touch, pay real attention to the little things. The font, font size and colour. Header text, body text, text and object alignment. There are many things to consider, and to double check!

The use of colour needs to be well thought out. Using a colour blind friendly palette can be a good starting point. To achieve a balance, colours need to compliment each other, either in tone or hue, or both. Again this has a real impact on the way the readers eye moves around the figure.

What are the benefits of having a professionally designed science figure?

Besides the obvious aesthetic impact a professional figure will give your project, consider your time. Many clients have told me that they have already spent several days, even a week, working on a figure before coming to me for help. On an equivalent timescale Flozbox-science can provide a polished final product, visually complimenting the content it accompanies.

 

 

Contact: tobin@flozbox.com