DESIGNING A SCIENTIFIC POSTER CAROLINE ERB-MEDINA email@example.com MACAULAY ITF - QUEENS COLLEGE Adapted from a presentation created by Maggie Dickinson
What is a Scientific Poster? It is:• A visual means for communicating a summary of research.• Typically created for an academic or professional community.• Should highlight the most important research findings in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
Today’s Goals• Learn the basics of poster design• Determine how to create a successful poster
Poster Requirements• Each group must create one poster to be presented by all group members.• Posters can be made with PowerPoint, Keynote, or Illustrator.• Dimensions must be 48” x 36”.
Selecting Slide Size in PowerPoint• Choose the theme tab• Select page setup in the top left hand corner• Highlight slide size• Pick your dimensions under “page setup”
Deadlines• Final version printed at Macaulay by appointment only: November 30• Poster presentations will be held on: Wednesday, December 5, 6:00-8:30 Thursday, December 6, 6:00-8:30 Sunday, December 9, 10:00-12:30, 1:30-4:00
Suggested Components• Introduction/background• Problem Statement• Objectives (and possibly constraints)• Strategies• Discussion• Conclusions• Recommendations• Supporting graphs and images
How to Use Text Break text up with bullets or numbers. (As is done in this slide) Indenting shows subordination See? Avoid lengthy paragraphs that give far too muchdetail, like talking about why you did what you did and whether you dislike positivism because there is such a thing as reality out there and it operates in a certain way and we should be able to access that in some shape, form, or fashion and besides it’s all from some stuffy old dead guy thinking too hard, anyway.
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Design EssentialsMake sure your font colors stand out against the background. Use fonts people can read. Titles & headings should be 40 to 70 pt. Body text should never be less than 14 pt.Be consistent with colors and use them to guide the reader. Use one color for headings, another for body text.Use a single color background, anything else will not come out clearly in your printout.
What makes a bad poster?
What is wrong with this poster?
What is Wrong With This Poster?
Sample Poster Templates
Left to Right, Top to Bottom Flow Title & Authors
Left to Right Flow in Rows Title & AuthorsPart 1Part 2Part 3
Centered Image & Peripheral Explanations Title & Authors
Centered Explanation, Peripheral Images Title & Authors
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Scientific Poster ResourcesScientific Poster Design and Layout (makedesigns.com):http://www.makesigns.com/tutorials/poster-design-layout.aspxAdvice on Designing Scientific Posters (Swarthmore College):http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm“Do’s andDon’ts of Poster Presentation”Example of Bad Scientific Poster (Colin Purrington):http://colinpurrington.com/2012/example-of-bad-scientific-poster/Advice for Making Posters with PowerPoint (The University of Alabama)http://as.ua.edu/undergraduateresearch/presenting-your-work/making-posters/