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A brief overview of poster presentations as a form of engagement.

A brief overview of poster presentations as a form of engagement.


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  • 1. Creating Engagement with Posters Lawrence G. Miller Director of NISOD University of Texas at Austin
  • 2. Creating Engagement with Posters
  • 3. With a poster presentation,you spend your time as apresenter in conversationwith those who care aboutyour topic Casual - yet informing and engaging
  • 4. Special Thanks to Rebecca A. Wilcox, Ph.D. Senior Program Coordinator and the team at the Office of Undergraduate Research University of Texas at Austin Guide to Creating Research Postershttp://www.utexas.edu/ugs/our/poster
  • 5. Where to Start?It is a process Assess your goal and audience Develop the content – what you did and how you did it Organize the material Design the poster Communicate – stand there and engage
  • 6. Message Design Who will be the target audience for your research project?  An uninformed audience?  A practitioner or scholar from a different field?  A practitioner or scholar from your field? What do you hope to accomplish with your poster presentation?  Inform your audience?  Persuade your audience?  Engage others in an ongoing process?
  • 7. Message Design Must have elements for a poster  Title  Collaborators and their institutional affiliations  Strategies, materials and methods  Results, discussion, conclusion  Acknowledgments  Contact information Optional or situational  Background/literature review  Research question/s  Future directions  Abstract or summary It is critical to have eye appeal – use visual elements
  • 8. Message Design Organize carefully  The space on a poster is too limited to present your entire research project  Extracting important ideas and organizing information efficiently is essential to the poster- design process Make Your Poster Easy to Read  Create a Logical Visual Flow Craft the “Take-Away Message”
  • 9. Visualization Software  Microsoft PowerPoint  Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop Page Setup  Make a large workspace - 46-50’‘x40’‘  Typically landscape orientation Graphics  Make your poster visually appealing with appropriate images  Graphs are less text-heavy than tables
  • 10. Visualization: Text• Be careful with using multiple fonts on your poster• The most typical are Times New Roman, Garamond, Calabri (used here), and Arial• The minimum text size for a poster is 18-24 pt• Headings should be between 30 and 60 pt• Poster title should be over 72 pt• Do not OVERUSE CAPITAL LETTERS or underlining• Use bold or italicized type sparingly
  • 11. Visualization: Colors & White Space Colors  Use a light color for the background, dark color for text  Avoid distracting patterns or complex background images  When using colors to add emphasis, be consistent - viewers look for a pattern in a series of colors  Remember some people cannot distinguish between certain colors, such as red and green. White Space  Divide sections by using empty, white space
  • 12. Examples: Symmetry Diagonal Symmetry Vertical & Horizontal SymmetryAsymmetry with text-heavy on left, image-heavy on right
  • 13. Example: Graphic HierarchyA graphic hierarchy style visually reflects the relative importance of elements
  • 14. Example: Columnar Format Readers tend to read top to bottom, know as "reader gravity"
  • 15. Printing Posters• Change your image size to print – do this first• Use large, high-resolution images (above 300 dpi)• Proofread your poster with great care before you leave the printer Use the “Custom” setting Set for inches
  • 16. Printing Posters• Some colleges will have a wide- carriage ink jet printer• If not, printing services and sign companies are available• There are also online printing services• If you need a more permanent poster, consider lamination
  • 17. Transporting & Hanging Your Poster If you are traveling a long-distance to NISOD with your poster, it is advisable to use a mailing tube When you arrive at the Austin Convention Center, you will be provided fasterners to hang your poster There will be a table for handouts or other material
  • 18. NISOD Poster Presentation and Competition• Posters will be judged• Judges will select 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners• All NISOD participants will select a “Best of Show” winner• The four winning posters will receive prizes
  • 19. Submit a Poster for the NISOD Conference (May 26-29, 2013) www.nisod.org Call for Presentations Questions? director@nisod.org
  • 20. 35thInternational Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence