Distilling genomic data to create clear and compelling figures is a major challenge, but is essential for publication and grants. In this lecture you’ll learn about the basic building blocks of an gene expression figure and how the plots you’ve produced thus far form the basis for telling a story with your data. You’ll also learn about best practices for graphic design and typography for making figures that are not only clear, but also look great.


  • learn the basic building blocks of an RNAseq figure
  • Assemble a figure from plots you’ve generated
  • Discuss design properties in R, including color, typography and ggplot themes
  • How to construct figures in R



Colors in R

Examples of RNAseq figures