Adobe Illustrator – Scientific Artwork & Infographics (online training)

Course schedule

Dates Start time End time Location Coordinator registrations
16, 23, 30 April and 7 May 2024 09:30 14:30 Online Marijn Blok 38 / 20 Course is fully booked
3, 10, 17 and 24 June 2024 09:30 14:30 Online Marijn Blok 42 / 20 Course is fully booked
3, 10, 17 and 24 September 09:30 14:30 Online Marijn Blok 20 / 20 Add to waiting list
3, 10, 17 and 31 October 09:30 14:30 Online Marijn Blok 5 / 20 Apply
14, 21, 28 November and 5 December 09:30 14:30 Online Marijn Blok 9 / 20 Apply

Course description

This training will teach you the tools of Adobe Illustrator needed to create beautiful & functional icons/vector graphics/illustrations. You will learn to lay out and style an infographic based on simple design principles. You will appreciate the power of color and typography in your designs and learn to combine them. By the end of the training, you know why some designs look better and are easier to follow. You will receive a printed manual with the theory to refer to at any new design challenge.

Learning objectives

You will learn to navigate Adobe Illustrator, draw illustrations, and develop infographics (figures, posters, etc.). In the first two sessions, the focus is on Adobe Illustrator. The last two sessions focus on the principles of good design and how to design powerful scientific artwork. You can work on your own posters and figures in the course and improve them.

Please note that Adobe Illustrator is used for drawing illustrations and vector graphics, while Adobe InDesign is used to layout documents, such as a thesis. If your goal is to layout, consider following Adobe InDesign - from dissertation layout to poster design.

Instructional method

After each session, you will be given homework for the next week. The trainer will provide feedback on all assignments you hand in. The assignments are given beforehand, but you can always bring your design challenge to practice. The sessions focused on Adobe Illustrator are designed to teach you the program’s tools and functions. The Infographics sessions will help you see and recognize design flaws and enhance your designs with the knowledge you have acquired during the course. The sessions are recorded, and the recordings will be provided to the participants who actively follow the course.


You need a laptop with Adobe Illustrator installed in English. A mouse or a graphic tablet is recommended. Since the course is online and the sessions interactive, a microphone and a camera are mandatory. If you are not able to attend all sessions, please contact the trainer ( You will receive the course’s participation certificate only if you follow 80% of the sessions. This means you cannot miss one whole day of the course.

Study load

In addition to the scheduled sessions, you should consider an extra study load of approximately 16 hours. This study load generally consists of homework assignments in preparation for the next session.


It is a very interesting course, with many tips and tricks that you can practice straight away.

The instructor is full of ideas to improve any infographic.

It's great to see how much you can learn in such a short time. It gave new insides to design

Iliana is very passionate and knowledgeable about the topic, making the five-hour sessions feel like they were nothing.

You'll learn how to use the software and some golden rules about the design and visual perception of the human mind.

The course gave me incredibly handy tricks to work on the design of my figures.

This course helped me visualize my research understandably and attractive.


Iliana Boshoven-Gkini (1981) has completed two master diplomas in Landscape architecture, Floriculture, and garden design, in the Agricultural University of Athens and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After completing her studies, she started working independently (2012) (AgileColor design studio | and focused, among others, on helping PhD students with their thesis books and scientific artwork. From 2015 she started teaching Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign and Infographics courses in Wageningen and Utrecht Universities and gave guest lectures/training to numerous other occasions in the Netherlands and Switzerland. From 2019 she is a certified teacher in the Netherlands (CRKBO, Centraal Register Kort Beroepsonderwijs). She lives in Koedijk Alkmaar with her husband and three children.

General Information

Target Group: PhD's and Post-docs from Wageningen University & Research. If there are any spots left PhD's and Post-docs from other universities can apply too.
Group size: 8 to 20 participants
Course duration: 4 days from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Language: English
Credit points: 1.2 ECTS
Self-study hours: We recommend at least 16 hours of self-study and practice after the course
Name lecturer: Iliana Boshoven-Gkini



The following topics will be covered on the first 2 days:

  • Designing basics & principles
  • Infographic basics
  • Using Illustrator workspace
  • Setting up artboards and documents
  • Working with layers
  • Creating basic and complex shapes
  • Using drawing tools
  • Transforming objects
  • Visually improve your graphs and charts
  • Grouping and ungrouping objects
  • Adding fills and strokes
  • Working with color
  • Image tracing
  • Using appearences, filters and effects
  • Working with text and type
  • Working with 3D
  • Printing and exporting files

On the third and fourth day the following topics will be covered:

  • Data visualization
  • Draw charts and graphs
  • Plan an effective infographic
  • Work process
  • Combine the building blocks to create an infographic
  • Use effectively elements like type, color and icons
  • Combine icons and illustrations in your infographics
  • Good and bad infographic design
  • Design an infographic

You will be provided with a manual of the theory, "Shortcut Sheets" for Illustrator, and extra reading material for further understanding.


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 150
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 300
External fee: All other participants € 600

Fee includes study and training material.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


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