Correspondence on Science Communication

Here's a list of videos that I think are good examples of short, powerful and informative (persuasive) videos. I place them into two categories: 1) high input - video took a significant amount of time to create graphics and 2) low input.

Low Input Videos

High Input Videos

Another option to communicate science for the general public is "infographics". Following is a handful of cool examples:


  • (not science, but annual reports interesting use of static data visuals to tell a story)


A few other thoughts I had: 

  • Do you want to have associated links that give introductions to concepts that people can click on as they view the videos? This could be easily done in YouTube. A place to link to explain more basic concepts might be Learn.Genetics from the U of Utah.
  • Consider creating "YouTube Channels" for your lab group and for the APS Seminar Series where you can compile all of the videos in one online place. Here's an overview of what a YouTube Channel is, does and how to create it (start video around 3:30). The great thing is that the UMN provides us with YouTube accounts through our x500.

And finally, to complete an already too long email: Brett Victor, user-interface designer (developed apple products) created an easy-to-use javascript library called "tangle". This tool allows people to create "interactive graphics" within text descriptions. This could be powerful for digital written work potentially. See example here and here.

Have a happy holiday season,