Get to the Point!  An Intro to Designing Effective Posters Lisa Philpotts Instructional Assistant UNC Health Sciences Libr...
I have.. But I want..
Your first instinct may be.. this
What is your message?
What are the essentials? <ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Authors and affiliation </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Info </li></ul>...
Trimming the fat
Time to design!
Arrange your elements <ul><li>Let’s critique.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flow of information ( 1 ,  2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Image from Purrington, C.B. 2009. Advice on designing scientific posters.  http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/poste...
Feel like getting creative? <ul><li>Get inspired! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Songphan Choemprayong’s portfolio </li></ul></ul><...
When in doubt, get feedback! <ul><li>Poster Feedback Form </li></ul>
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Get to the Point! An Intro to Designing Effective Posters

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This is from a class I teach for students who want to design their first scholarly poster, or anyone who needs to brush up on their design basics.

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  • Most of us are accustomed to writing research reports by this point in time, but how do we translate that to a poster?
  • Your first instinct may be to tack up your entire report on a posterboard.
  • Think about what your main message will be. Everything on the poster should support that message. What’s going to make people stop and want to look at your poster?
  • How do we do that? Think about how bad it is when professors read off a powerpoint. Think of your poster as a illustrated abstract. Do not include the abstract or keep it short. Unless your research about methods, you don’t want that section to overwhelm.. Usually the focus is on results. Figures or flowcharts for methods.
  • Get to the Point! An Intro to Designing Effective Posters

    1. 1. Get to the Point! An Intro to Designing Effective Posters Lisa Philpotts Instructional Assistant UNC Health Sciences Library [email_address]
    2. 2. I have.. But I want..
    3. 3. Your first instinct may be.. this
    4. 4. What is your message?
    5. 5. What are the essentials? <ul><li>Title </li></ul><ul><li>Authors and affiliation </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Info </li></ul><ul><li>References* </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction, meat of presentation, conclusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statements </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Trimming the fat
    7. 7. Time to design!
    8. 8. Arrange your elements <ul><li>Let’s critique.. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Flow of information ( 1 , 2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of headings ( 1 , 2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Color and font ( 1 , 2 ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphic placement ( 1 , 2 , overview ) </li></ul></ul>Examples courtesy of Designing Effective Posters Tutorial (UNC HSL) and Creating Effective Poster Presentations Tutorial (NC State)
    9. 9. Image from Purrington, C.B. 2009. Advice on designing scientific posters. http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm .
    10. 10. Feel like getting creative? <ul><li>Get inspired! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Songphan Choemprayong’s portfolio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pimp My Poster on flickr </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colin Purrington’s Poster Sessions group on flickr. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. When in doubt, get feedback! <ul><li>Poster Feedback Form </li></ul>

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