Online drop-in help desk by Materials Platform

The Materials Platform virtual drop-in help desk offers free advice for Aalto University students, faculty, and staff who want to improve their presentation, publication, or other aspects of their work related to research dissemination and popularization. We can give you advice on the layout, visual hierarchy, help to adopt Aalto University's visual guidelines, and answer questions related to other Materials Platform activities. You're welcome to talk to us!
Meeting and sketching, photo by Kaleidico @unsplash

The next online session is from 13:00 to 15:00 on Tuesday 7th of April 2020.

Please email Valeria, Glen or Heidi (emails below) if you have something to discuss beforehand.

How it works:

  • We meet online until further notice!
  • We run online meetings via ZOOM, please make sure you have it installed on your computer and it is working properly (audio, video, and screen sharing).
  • Please prepare an agenda for a meeting before we chat, for example, it can be a list of your needs, goals you're hoping to achieve with our support, and specific questions.
  • If it is relevant, prepare any visual work related to your research or teaching you would like to discuss. It can be presentations, diagrams, figures, charts, posters, or only an initial sketch.
  • Our virtual meeting is available at Join us on Tuesday or Thursday from 13:00 to 15:00.
Zoom Quick Guide

The consultation:

  • Expect one-on-one consultation, and depending on the nature of your project team's consultation is also possible. The consultant will offer suggestions and recommendations that might help you with the project.
  • One session lasts about 30 minutes.
  • You can contact us for one more session to discuss the same project if needed.

What we don't do:

  • We will advise you on the changes, but we won't re-do the actual graphic or visual materials for you.
  • During those sessions, we cannot offer a comprehensive software tutorial, only some minor details of the software can be discussed.  We might also share with you a link to online tutorials to review separately if needed.


Please note that this help desk service in its pilot phase. We welcome your constructive feedback and ideas for its development! Email us if you have any questions.

You will talk to:

 Valeria Azovskaya

Valeria Azovskaya

Designer and project assistant
 Glen Forde

Glen Forde

Designer and project assistant
 Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Project Manager, Materials Platform
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