Fiona Martin specializes in scientific infographics, vector illustration, data visualization, and layout design. Traditional renderings are offered in pen-and-ink, watercolor, and acrylic.
Fiona was born with a rare genetic hearing loss in both ears, but she hasn't let her deafness hold her back. In public schools and in the workplace, she learned to adapt using a combination of speech reading and technology. Defying expectations, Fiona graduated as valedictorian of her high school class, obtained a B.S. in Marine Biology (summa cum laude) from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and then pursued a Graduate Certificate in Science Illustration. Upon graduation she completed dual internships with the Channel Islands National Park in California and Electronic Publishing Company in New York City.
Fiona has 17+ years of experience working as a visual science communicator. In the fall of 2023 she joined Seattle Times as Graphic Artist with the goal of making science and complex concepts more accessible to the public. In her spare time, she freelances from her studio, Visualizing Science. Clients include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Park Service (NPS), Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Princeton University Press, and Whole Foods Market. Her illustrations and layouts have been featured in numerous scientific publications including News and Features on Climate.gov, and First in Fly by Dr. Stephanie Mohr, which was selected as one of Smithsonian's Ten Best Science Books of 2018. For 14+ years she served as Senior Illustration Editor at the nonprofit Annual Reviews, and edited approximately 9,000 figures and captions across 26 scientific journals, e.g., Public Health (Annual Reviews' first open access journal), Marine Science, Ecology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Materials Research, and more. She volunteers as Layout Manager for the GNSI's Journal of Natural Science Illustration, and Graphic Designer for several of GNSI's annual conferences.
Fiona resides near Seattle, Washington with her husband and two children, and enjoys swimming, kayaking, yoga, culinary gardening, and traveling to interesting places.