Skip to main content
SA Visual

SA Visual

Illustrating science since 1845

STAFF BLOG
Math Is Beautiful, But Is It Art?

Math Is Beautiful, But Is It Art?

Every so often, beauty comes up as a topic of conversation in editorial meetings at Scientific American. Surely there’s an article, or series of articles that we can develop on the topic?

STAFFJanuary 27, 2015 — Jen Christiansen
Mars's First Close-up

Mars's First Close-up

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Mariner IV spacecraft (November 28, 1964). In total, the mission gave us 21 complete images of Mars, including this, our first close view of the planet—courtesy of data transmitted by the interplanetary probe and earth-bound scientists wielding pastels (below).

STAFFNovember 28, 2014 — Jen Christiansen
SA Recognized for Great Infographics

SA Recognized for Great Infographics

I’m thrilled to report that two Scientific American graphics (on bees and caffeine) are featured in The Best American Infographics 2014.

STAFFOctober 14, 2014 — Jen Christiansen
Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Jake VanderPlas, a data scientist who worked on the Graphic Science illustration in the October issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFFSeptember 16, 2014 — Jake VanderPlas
Art and Science of the Moiré

Art and Science of the Moiré

I’m a bit obsessed with Scientific American covers, but my knowledge of the archive during the years before my time on staff is broad rather than deep.

STAFFSeptember 15, 2014 — Jen Christiansen
A Monkey's Blueprint

A Monkey's Blueprint

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Martin Krzywinski, a contributing artist who designed the Graphic Science illustration in the September issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFFAugust 19, 2014 — Martin Krzywinski
Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota. But first, I had to—somewhat unexpectedly—accept some challenges presented by others.

STAFFAugust 13, 2014 — Jen Christiansen
A Look under the Hood of Online Data Visualization

A Look under the Hood of Online Data Visualization

Andy Kirk (of Visualising Data) recently published a clever image-driven post in which he uses automobiles to make a series of points about the practice of data visualization.

STAFFMay 12, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

Blog Index

SA VisualIllustrating science since 1845

Confronting Common Wisdom