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Poster Presentations that get noticed
...for the right reasons!
Why a poster?
• Show your creative side
• Public speaking nervousness – allows you to engage on a
one-to-one basis
• Allow...
Everything starts with an idea...
Project New Service Innovative
Workflow
Look at the
conference
themes for
inspiration
Em...
Poster Guidelines
A&SL Conference 2016
• Working in non-traditional
roles / sectors
• Embedded librarianship
• Information...
Where to start?
• Browse online for inspiration
• Draft, draft and draft again
• Content, words, flow, clarity, font size ...
The Design Process
• Formulate and
articulate your idea
• Know your target
audience
• What do you want to
achieve with the...
Content and Words
• Your message
• First time viewers
• Be concise
• Title
• Ability to stand alone
• Use a logical pathwa...
Layout and Colour
• Try to create a ‘visual
sequence’
• No need to fill every
inch – white space is
good
• Two/three main ...
Typeface
1. This is a big one. You have to develop a
hierarchy in your design’s typography. Use a
hierarchy that makes sen...
Typeface
• Use one typeface, max. two – will distract
otherwise
• Be consistent
• Use ample spacing between lines
• Keep i...
Illustrative Material
• Photographs
• Charts and Graphs
• Quotes
• Icons
• Good resolution
• Logos
• Reference any images
...
Feedback
• Look for an honest
opinion
• Listen to the
constructive feedback
• Try out the suggested
changes...
• ...or get...
Some Examples
Far too much text!
Background colour
distracting
Text boxes different
widths, not separated
from each other – no
white spa...
Still too much text
Graphs too small
Title area is clear
NB contact information
What makes a good poster?
• Interesting and well thought out content
• Flow and clarity
• Easy to read typeface and size
•...
Maynooth University
Centre for Teaching and
Learning Annual Poster
Showcase
Maynooth University
Centre for Teaching and Learning Annual Poster Showcase
The Impact of
Colour & Layout
Some winning
examples...
“What would I tweet?” by Michelle Dalton
Winner of Best Poster at A&SL 2014
Eye catching
Colour and white space
Layout
Heading
Use of pictures
Little text
Self-Service in UCD Library
by Christine Cu...
Continuing Professional
Development in Librarianship
by Laura Connaughton (MU)
Winner of Best Poster at Academic
and Speci...
Picture Perfect Presentations
by Niamh O’Sullivan (IBTS)
Winner of Best Poster at Health
Sciences Libraries Group (HLSG)
M...
Infographics
• Increasingly popular
• Visual
• Easy and free to create
• Lots more scope than
e.g. Powerpoint
• Templates ...
Upcoming Conferences
• Academic and Special Libraries Annual
Conference 2016
– Call for posters (&papers)
• LILAC in UCD i...
In Conclusion
• Try it out
• Follow the poster guidelines
– Size
– Orientation
– Professionally printed
• Ask for opinions...
Useful Sources
• LAI CDG Blog
https://laicdg.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/designing-an-academic-poster/
• Scientific Poster Tu...
Guidelines and Tips
Poster Design: Guidelines & Tips by Helen Fallon and Brian Dempsey
http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.i...
Free Software for Poster Design
• Piktochart – Infographic Creator
http://piktochart.com/
• Nerdgraph Infographics
http://...
Thank You
Laura.Connaughton@nuim.ie / 01 708 3429
@lozconn
References
• https://laicdg.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/designing-an-academic-poster/
• http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/...
Reference for Images Used
• Backhanded Compliment
http://www.chicagonow.com/lipstick-lollipops/files/2014/06/backhanded-co...
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Laura Connaughton Poster presentations that get noticed CDG AGM 2015

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Laura Connaughton Poster presentations that get noticed CDG AGM 2015

  1. 1. Poster Presentations that get noticed ...for the right reasons!
  2. 2. Why a poster? • Show your creative side • Public speaking nervousness – allows you to engage on a one-to-one basis • Allows you to personally interact with people who are interested in your topic • Visible and accessible e.g. Slideshare, Twitter • Reach more people • Can be viewed any time at a conference
  3. 3. Everything starts with an idea... Project New Service Innovative Workflow Look at the conference themes for inspiration Emerging Roles & Skill Set Collaboration
  4. 4. Poster Guidelines A&SL Conference 2016 • Working in non-traditional roles / sectors • Embedded librarianship • Information jobs of the future • Skills development and transferable skills • Promoting your skills • Radical librarianship • Advocacy & Marketing CONUL Annual Conference 2015 • The Digital Library • Diversity and Internationalism • Emerging Roles and Skills • Library Space • Resource Discovery • Partnerships • Unique and Distinctive Collections
  5. 5. Where to start? • Browse online for inspiration • Draft, draft and draft again • Content, words, flow, clarity, font size and type, spelling, layout, illustrative material, photographs • Follow the guidelines • Quick impact and attract immediate interest
  6. 6. The Design Process • Formulate and articulate your idea • Know your target audience • What do you want to achieve with the poster? • Be brave!
  7. 7. Content and Words • Your message • First time viewers • Be concise • Title • Ability to stand alone • Use a logical pathway • Not too much text • Tell a story • Author, affiliations and contact details
  8. 8. Layout and Colour • Try to create a ‘visual sequence’ • No need to fill every inch – white space is good • Two/three main colours • Be consistent e.g. Use one colour for all headings
  9. 9. Typeface 1. This is a big one. You have to develop a hierarchy in your design’s typography. Use a hierarchy that makes sense. The headline should always be the biggest, boldest text. The sub- headline should be differentiated somehow. It doesn’t have to be bold, but it should be larger than the other headline sections, if you have different body paragraphs. The body copy should be smaller, while still being legible. Any footnotes should be the smallest and placed at the bottom of the page, below the text. Also any asides should be made to stand out differently as well. You could use a different colour, or you could italicize the text 2. This is a big one. You have to develop a hierarchy in your design’s typography. Use a hierarchy that makes sense. The headline should always be the biggest,
  10. 10. Typeface • Use one typeface, max. two – will distract otherwise • Be consistent • Use ample spacing between lines • Keep in mind spacing between subject areas • Be concise – keep sentence length short • Use ‘special effects’ sparingly e.g. Italic, bold • Avoid acronyms
  11. 11. Illustrative Material • Photographs • Charts and Graphs • Quotes • Icons • Good resolution • Logos • Reference any images you use
  12. 12. Feedback • Look for an honest opinion • Listen to the constructive feedback • Try out the suggested changes... • ...or get a second opinion
  13. 13. Some Examples
  14. 14. Far too much text! Background colour distracting Text boxes different widths, not separated from each other – no white spaces Graph illegible No headings Messy and unclear heading Clip art old-fashioned No affiliations, author? Posters should be a visual representation not long batches of text
  15. 15. Still too much text Graphs too small Title area is clear NB contact information
  16. 16. What makes a good poster? • Interesting and well thought out content • Flow and clarity • Easy to read typeface and size • Correct spelling and nice layout • Use of illustrative material to catch the eye
  17. 17. Maynooth University Centre for Teaching and Learning Annual Poster Showcase
  18. 18. Maynooth University Centre for Teaching and Learning Annual Poster Showcase
  19. 19. The Impact of Colour & Layout Some winning examples...
  20. 20. “What would I tweet?” by Michelle Dalton Winner of Best Poster at A&SL 2014
  21. 21. Eye catching Colour and white space Layout Heading Use of pictures Little text Self-Service in UCD Library by Christine Cullen Winner of Best Poster at CONUL Annual Conference June 2015
  22. 22. Continuing Professional Development in Librarianship by Laura Connaughton (MU) Winner of Best Poster at Academic and Special Libraries Annual Conference February 2015 Eye catching Use of colour Layout Heading Use of icons Little text
  23. 23. Picture Perfect Presentations by Niamh O’Sullivan (IBTS) Winner of Best Poster at Health Sciences Libraries Group (HLSG) May 2015 Eye catching Use of colour Layout Heading Logical flow Clarity
  24. 24. Infographics • Increasingly popular • Visual • Easy and free to create • Lots more scope than e.g. Powerpoint • Templates already designed – you just need to populate it
  25. 25. Upcoming Conferences • Academic and Special Libraries Annual Conference 2016 – Call for posters (&papers) • LILAC in UCD in 2016 – Great opportunity as it is local but with a large international attendance
  26. 26. In Conclusion • Try it out • Follow the poster guidelines – Size – Orientation – Professionally printed • Ask for opinions – accept them graciously 
  27. 27. Useful Sources • LAI CDG Blog https://laicdg.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/designing-an-academic-poster/ • Scientific Poster Tutorials http://www.makesigns.com/tutorials/poster-design-layout.aspx • Graphic Design Tips http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/ • Designing conference posters http://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design • Example of poor poster design http://colinpurrington.com/2012/example-of-bad-scientific-poster/
  28. 28. Guidelines and Tips Poster Design: Guidelines & Tips by Helen Fallon and Brian Dempsey http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/4625/1/HF_poster_guidelines.pdf LAI Career Development Blog – Designing an Academic Poster https://laicdg.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/designing-an-academic-poster Designing Conference Posters http://colinpurrington.com/2012/example-of-bad-scientific-poster/
  29. 29. Free Software for Poster Design • Piktochart – Infographic Creator http://piktochart.com/ • Nerdgraph Infographics http://www.nerdgraph.com/ • Visual.ly http://visual.ly/ • Infogram https://infogr.am/ MS Powerpoint
  30. 30. Thank You Laura.Connaughton@nuim.ie / 01 708 3429 @lozconn
  31. 31. References • https://laicdg.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/designing-an-academic-poster/ • http://eprints.maynoothuniversity.ie/ • http://education.byu.edu/identity/academic_posters.html • http://colinpurrington.com/2012/example-of-bad-scientific-poster/ • CONUL Conference Posters on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/conulconference • Connaughton, Laura and Payne, Val (2015) The Summon Discovery Tool: Its Implementation and Impact on Usage Statistics in Maynooth University. In: CONUL Annual Conference, 3rd/ 4th June, 2015, Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. (Unpublished) • Cullen, Christine (2015) Self-Service in UCD Library. In: CONUL Annual Conference, 3rd/ 4th June, 2015, Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. (Unpublished)
  32. 32. Reference for Images Used • Backhanded Compliment http://www.chicagonow.com/lipstick-lollipops/files/2014/06/backhanded-compliment.png • Standing out from the crowd (slide 1, apples) https://www.clicky.co.uk/2014/03/standing-out-from-the-crowd-the-holy-grail-of-advice/ • Lightbulb, slide 2 (Fer Gregory) https://www.flickr.com/photos/freg/4898274127/sizes/l • The Design Process, slide 5 http://darmano.typepad.com/logic_emotion/2007/03/designers_are_t.html • What to show picture (Austin Kelon) https://medium.com/show-your-work/10-ways-to-share-your-creativity-and-get-discovered-7fb5fdfbc068 • Toast (Brittany Wright) http://wrightkitchen.com/ • Good Typography, slide 8 http://www.creativebeacon.com/good-typography-essential-guide/ • Apples in order (Brittany Wright) http://wrightkitchen.com/y2nw75k59pu5xp0rms8tuc6vjdsu90 • Happy apple, sad apple (Lukasz Holeksa) https://www.flickr.com/photos/130659121@N02 • Poster Presentation PGCD WPP http://www.glogster.com/nmp2012/wwp-academic-poster/g-6ljcd66c8dpumm1k4nkc1a0 • Professional Template http://www.slideserve.com/nevan/professional-template-for-a-48x36-poster-presentation

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