Posters & Presentations that Don't Suck

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Posters & Presentations that Don't Suck

  1. 1. HOW TO MAKE A POSTER THAT DOESN’T SUCK Equity and Cure Research Interns July 2014
  2. 2. Hello there!
  3. 3. Jackie Wirz, PhD wirzj@ohsu.edu 503.494.3443
  4. 4. 1 | Research 101 2 | Posters 3 | Abridged!
  5. 5. 1 | Research 101
  6. 6. Research Rocks
  7. 7. The Research Cycle
  8. 8. The Research Cycle 1. BrilliantIdea! 2. BuildIdea 3. Fund Idea 4. Research 5. Compile 6. Share& Store 7. Fame,Fortune
  9. 9. The Research Cycle: What people think 1. BrilliantIdea! 2. BuildIdea 3. Fund Idea 4. Research 5. Compile 6. Share& Store 7. Fame,Fortune (curecancer)
  10. 10. The Research Cycle: What Really Happens 1. BrilliantIdea! 2. BuildIdea 3. Fund Idea 4. Research 5. Compile 6. Share & Store 7. Fame, Fortune
  11. 11. The Research Cycle: WhatReally Happens 1. Idea! 2. Build Idea 3.FUNDIDEA 4.Research 5. Compile 6. Share & Store 1. Idea #2 2. Try #2 0. Failure!! 1. Idea #896 0. beer 2. Build #896
  12. 12. What People Think
  13. 13. What ReallyHappens
  14. 14. What does this notprepare you for?
  15. 15. We are Trained to thinkand produce DATA
  16. 16. Data does not speak for itself…
  17. 17. You speak for your data
  18. 18. COMMUNICATION
  19. 19. writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking COMMUNICATION
  20. 20. Posters combineall three! writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking
  21. 21. Remember the context…
  22. 22. 2 | POSTERS
  23. 23. Hello there! How do I make a poster That doesn’t suck?
  24. 24. Don’t think like this…
  25. 25. Think like this!
  26. 26. writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking Posters that don’t suck
  27. 27. writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking Posters that don’t suck
  28. 28. Be BRIEF!
  29. 29. Don’t be PAJ!
  30. 30. keep your text to a minimum
  31. 31. 1 | Title 2 | Intro 3 | Materials/Methods 4 | Results 5 | Conclusions 6 | Acknowledgements/Info
  32. 32. Abstract
  33. 33. 1 | Title Title, formatted in sentence case, that hints at something interesting. Not Title Case NOT ALL CAPS sans serif jargon is not interesting…
  34. 34. 2 | Intro You have two sentencesto hook a reader. Use it wisely. serif font from here on out Figure 1. Wisely can mean using a graphicin the intro. It’sa poster, not a paper. Who looks awesome?
  35. 35. If they really want details, they will contact you. Keep thisbrief. How about some interaction or visual stimulus? 3 | Materials/Methods seriously. enter technology
  36. 36. Paragraph format isfine, but bullet lists work aswell. Just keep it readable. KISS Layout is key here! 4 | Results
  37. 37. Don’t just recap your results: these are for the conclusions, the ah ha! M oments. Thissection should be readable by itself. Talking points! Many people start reading here, so recap a bit. 5 | Conclusions Make sure to cover “What’s next?”
  38. 38. Literature cited. Acknowledgements. Further Information. Contact information. I am a librarian. Don’t make me hunt you down. Seriously. 6 | Acknowledgements/Info
  39. 39. 1 | Title 2 | Intro 3 | Materials/Methods 4 | Results 5 | Conclusions 6 | Acknowledgements/Info
  40. 40. Poster ≠ Paper
  41. 41. If this is your template…
  42. 42. This follows the advice. Sort of.
  43. 43. writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking Posters that don’t suck
  44. 44. General Layout
  45. 45. leave plenty of white space
  46. 46. Color is Powerful
  47. 47. Use it Responsibly…
  48. 48. RESOURCES http://www.vischeck.com/ http://www.etre.com/tools/colourblindsimulator/ http://www.color-blindness.com
  49. 49. Use CONTRAST
  50. 50. Dark Background Light Background
  51. 51. High Contrast low Contrast
  52. 52. Don’t do this! • My personal favorite: the Suzuki Savage • Light weight (~380lbs) • Adequate power (650cc engine) • Low seat height fits most riders
  53. 53. Bad Color Choices  Avoid loud, garish colors…dark text on light background or vice versa is best.  Avoid text colors that fade into background, i.e. blue and black  Avoid color-blind combinations: – Red and green – Blue and yellow
  54. 54. Check contrast & Color in grayscale
  55. 55. Image Is Everything
  56. 56. Resolution Matters
  57. 57. 72 dpi…
  58. 58. What’syour Publication DPI?
  59. 59. Graphs & Charts
  60. 60. Give Short, Descriptive Titles
  61. 61. Wantto know more? Call me! aim here! prettyugly useful crap
  62. 62. writing| VISUALIZATION| Speaking Posters that don’t suck
  63. 63. Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice - Yourmother Don’t practice until you get it right... Practice until you can’t get it wrong. Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice
  64. 64. 3 | Abridged
  65. 65. Hello there! How do I make a poster That doesn’t suck? (abridged)
  66. 66. 5 | Min to read 2 | Sent. Summary 1 | Big Moment
  67. 67. Here’s a Tip!
  68. 68. Here’s a Tip!
  69. 69. Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice - Yourmother Don’t practice until you get it right... Practice until you can’t get it wrong. Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice Practice
  70. 70. Thank You
  71. 71. RESOURCES Betterposters.blogspot.com F1000 Posters Colin Purrington
  72. 72. Thank you! Image attribution available upon request VCU Libraries PaulAlbert
  73. 73. Contact me! wirzj@ohsu.edu 503.494.3443 503.201.3543
  74. 74. questions?

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