Visualisations are a crucial aid for interpreting data and also for communicating research, yet too little attention is paid to teaching the skills required to create great visuals. A great visual will enhance the impact of your research, by helping other scientists, policy makers and the public understand remember and ultimately re-communicate your research. Creating great visuals requires specialised tools that bridge data analysis and creative design. The R programming language is fast becoming the most powerful and flexible package for data analysis and visualization. R’s flexibility also means it can be used to create almost any design you can dream up. This talk will cover some of the basics of visualisations, starting with the psychology of visuals, then covering how visuals can help you interpret your research and communicate your interpretation to others. Finally we will look at how R can be used to realize your creativity.