A salient feature

Haley Bridger, October 1st, 2010 | Filed under
  • A figure from Bang Wong's column showing visual
    features that make objects distinct.

The Broad's creative director Bang Wong writes about visual salience -- that quality that makes objects "pop" off the page -- in his column for this month's issue of Nature Methods. Salience allows viewers to spot trends and patterns in data faster and process multiple features of the data. Understanding how salience works could help scientists communicate information in figures as well as in presentations.

Bang's columns appear monthly in Nature Methods. You can check out his previous columns here and here.