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Poster Presentations

  1. 1. Creating Engagement with Posters Lawrence G. Miller Director of NISOD University of Texas at Austin
  2. 2. Creating Engagement with Posters
  3. 3. With a poster presentation,you spend your time as apresenter in conversationwith those who care aboutyour topic Casual - yet informing and engaging
  4. 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 Posters
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 12. Examples: Symmetry Diagonal Symmetry Vertical & Horizontal SymmetryAsymmetry with text-heavy on left, image-heavy on right
  13. 13. Example: Graphic HierarchyA graphic hierarchy style visually reflects the relative importance of elements
  14. 14. Example: Columnar Format Readers tend to read top to bottom, know as "reader gravity"
  15. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19. Submit a Poster for the NISOD Conference (May 26-29, 2013) Call for Presentations Questions?
  20. 20. 35thInternational Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence