Online help desk by Materials Platform

The Materials Platform virtual 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

During Autumn-Winter 2020 we are taking enquiries via email.

Please email Heidi if you would like to participate in the service.

Let's start with an email:

  • Please explain in the email what kind of help you need and what you'd like to discuss. For example, it can be a presentation review, webpage advice, improvement of a scientific poster, or any other specific questions regarding visualization and communication of a particular materials research.
  • You're welcome to include in your initial email any visual work related to your research or teaching you would like to discuss with us. It can be presentations, diagrams, figures, charts, posters, or only an initial sketch.
  • Please, mention in your email the Aalto School and the research group you're in.
  • If there is a deadline to consider, please let us know about it.
  • Depending on your preferences, we can run online meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  It is good to make sure you have it installed on your computer and it is working properly (audio, video, and screen sharing).

The consultation:

  • Expect one-on-one online consultation, and depending on the nature of your project, the team's consultation is also possible. The consultant will offer suggestions and recommendations that might help you with the project.
  • It is possible to discuss the same project again if needed.
  • We would like to help you with developing a structured visual language for your particular case and make it accessible for your audience.

What we don't do:

  • We won't re-do the actual graphic or visual materials for you, but suggest the direction and introduce how-to.
  • Unfortunately, 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.

Materials Platform help-desk members:

 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
Powerup_photo Valeria Azovskaya
Powerup event, 2017

Useful links

Apply for event support by Materials Platform

Aalto Visual Library

Aalto Photo and Materials Bank

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.

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