Designing a poster for conference display oct11

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Designing a poster for conference display oct11

  1. 1. DESIGNING A POSTER FOR CONFERENCE DISPLAY Muireann O’Keeffe Learning, Teaching and Technology Centre, DIT
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES TODAY <ul><li>Why a poster? </li></ul><ul><li>Things to think about when designing a poster </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for you to explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample grids and templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colour schemes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activity: Create a poster </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHY DESIGN A CONFERENCE POSTER <ul><li>Effective way of communicating concisely and visually </li></ul><ul><li>Summarise information or research </li></ul><ul><li>Publicise research and generate discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Publication (conference proceedings) </li></ul>
  4. 4. POSTERS HAVE STRONG IMPACT WHEN: <ul><li>Carefully planned  </li></ul><ul><li>Well researched </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively organised </li></ul><ul><li>Attractively presented </li></ul><ul><li>We need to pay attention to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarity </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. NEEDS ANALYSIS <ul><li>Who is your target audience? What do they need to know? </li></ul><ul><li>Check the arrangements for display </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size limit (A1, A0....) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Landscape/ portrait </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print/Lamination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referencing style ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will you need Velcro/ blutak? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. PREPARING FOR A POSTER PRESENTATION <ul><li>Allow time to prepare   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning of content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design the layout  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write and edit poster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organise printing (drafts?) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepare handouts for people. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. PLANNING CONTENT <ul><li>Identify key points, main message </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the main title. </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on subheadings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Text should be clear, concise and professional. </li></ul>
  8. 8. PLANNING THE STRUCTURE <ul><li>Structure content </li></ul><ul><li>Draw a planning grid </li></ul><ul><li>Aim for a good balance of text and graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Text : Less is more! </li></ul>
  9. 9. SAMPLE LAYOUTS <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/56267041@N08/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/groups/postersessions/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.studentposters.co.uk/templates.html </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html </li></ul><ul><li>Browse through these layouts and identify a grid/template you could use </li></ul>
  10. 10. MY FAVOURITE LAYOUTS <ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/imdreaminggreen/4776755245/in/pool-368476@N21/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/56267041@N08/5597772440/in/photostream </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/56267041@N08/5597772172/in/photostream </li></ul>
  11. 11. Layout: 3 columns, 4 rows
  12. 12. VISUAL IMPACT <ul><li>What should your viewer see and understand first? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a focal point </li></ul><ul><li>Should this be a text heading or an image or a graph </li></ul>
  13. 13. COLOUR SCHEME <ul><li>Decide on a colour scheme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contrasting or complimentary colours?? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Use Pixie to get colour codes of images you may already have , then you can match ( http://www.nattyware.com/pixie.php ) </li></ul>
  14. 14. CREATE A SIMPLE POSTER? <ul><li>Use Microsoft PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Resizes easily (A0, A1...) </li></ul><ul><li>Images, text boxes, diagrams, flowcharts, create custom charts and graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Page layout : dimensions, landscape /portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Use gridlines:   Home  ->  Drawing  ->  Arrange -> Align -> View Gridlines </li></ul>
  15. 15. POSTER SIZES <ul><li>A0 118.9 cm x 84.1 cm </li></ul><ul><li>A1 84.1 cm x 59.4 cm </li></ul><ul><li>A2 59.4 cm x 42.0 cm </li></ul><ul><li>A3 42.0 cm x 29.7 cm </li></ul><ul><li>Choose  Portrait  or  Landscape  orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Images should be high resolution (150-300 dpi). </li></ul>
  16. 16. OBTAINING GRAPHICS <ul><li>Decide on graphics you might need: photos, diagrams, graphs or charts. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.istockphoto.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sxc.hu/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Search ‘Google images’ but ensure that images you use are: </li></ul><ul><li>Royalty free, copyright free </li></ul><ul><li>Creative commons photos </li></ul>
  17. 17. FONTS <ul><li>Legible from 1 metre </li></ul><ul><li>Sans-serif font : Arial or Helvetica. </li></ul><ul><li>Good contrast between text and background. </li></ul><ul><li>Main title should be around 70-100 pts, subheadings around 40 pts, body text around 24 pts. </li></ul><ul><li>Format headings and subheadings consistently. </li></ul><ul><li>Use only 2-3 font types </li></ul><ul><li>Total word count about 300 to 800 words </li></ul>
  18. 18. ACTIVITY <ul><li>Create a poster for the LIN conference </li></ul><ul><li>The poster should be A1 size </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to decide: </li></ul><ul><li>Grid layout /template </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape/ portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Will your poster have a focal point? </li></ul><ul><li>Colour scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul>
  19. 19. CHOOSE A SAMPLE GRID OR TEMPLATE <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/photos/56267041@N08/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.flickr.com/groups/postersessions/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.studentposters.co.uk/templates.html </li></ul><ul><li>  http://www.posterpresentations.com/html/free_poster_templates.html </li></ul>
  20. 20. OPEN POWERPOINT <ul><li>Choose the DESIGN tab </li></ul><ul><li>Page Setup </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape/ portrait </li></ul><ul><li>Choose Custom, enter sizes for A1 </li></ul><ul><li>A1 84.1 cm x 59.4 cm </li></ul>Use gridlines:   Home  ->  Drawing  ->  Arrange -> Align -> View Gridlines
  21. 21. CONTENT OF POSTER <ul><li>Theme and text of the poster can be taken from http://goo.gl/j3Nkv </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on </li></ul><ul><li>Colour scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Fonts </li></ul>
  22. 22. USEFUL RESOURCES <ul><li>Designing conference posters http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign </li></ul><ul><li>What is an academic poster? Napier University http://www2.napier.ac.uk/gus/writing_presenting/academic_posters.html </li></ul><ul><li>The University of North Carolina Poster and Presentation Resources http://gradschool.unc.edu/student/postertips.html </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube videos: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYOPbQlBVKM&feature=related (a bit annoying but stick with it!) </li></ul><ul><li>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRNQjo2IstY&feature=related </li></ul>

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