In Python/Seaborn, there is the option to offset the x and y axis at the origin. This 'despine' pulls the x-axis down a bit, and the y-axis left, so that data that are close to either one become more visible. For example:
I can use Matlab for (almost) all figure aesthetics issues, but this seems to be only possible in Illustrator. I've searched the file exchange but haven't found any submission that does this... Does anyone have an idea of how to easily move the axes outwards while keeping the data the same?