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Satie Airam é Bren School, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs Christy Henzler Associate Specialist, Neuroscience Research Institute Winter 2013 Poster.

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1 Satie Airam é Bren School, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs Christy Henzler Associate Specialist, Neuroscience Research Institute Winter 2013 Poster Design Workshop

2 2 Timeline for poster design DateActivity First week of March Begin poster design by contacting printer. For a scientific conference, begin about 1 month before you present your poster. March 15Make.pdf of rough draft poster to share with friends, colleagues and advisors. Ask for input on word count, prose style, flow of ideas, clarity of figures, font size, spelling… March 22Final draft pdf of poster due to advisor April 8Hard copy poster printed and final draft.pdf submitted to Group Project Coordinator April 12Present posters. After poster session, give posters to Group Project Coordinator to be displayed at Bren Hall, 3 rd Floor, Laboratory Wing

3 3 Some printers in our area Alternative Digital Printing –UCen at UCSB –Chapala St in Santa Barbara Instructional Development Print Center –1140 Kerr Hall, UCSB Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology –Room 1001, Bldg 937, Next to Broida Hall, UCSB –Do it yourself posters, 36 wide max –Mac posters in pdf format FedEx Office Print & Ship Center –Calle Real in Goleta –Hope St in Santa Barbara –State St in Santa Barbara

4 4 Before you begin Contact your printer –What is deadline to deliver file to printer? –What is desired size of your poster? –Are there constraints on poster size? –What resolution does the printer prefer? –Does printer offer guidance regarding color mode? –What is the cost to print and laminate the poster?

5 Poster Dimensions wide high

6 Use a page grid

7 Use columns to organize information Column 1 Use columns to help organize information Column 2 Keep column alignments logical Column 3 Maintain standard column widths You may use innovative layout without rectangular columns if you maintain BALANCE.

8 White Space and Color White (or neutral) space –Not too much (or the viewer's eye wanders) –Not too little (or you'll confuse and overwhelm your viewer) Color –Avoid juxtaposing colors that clash or fade each other out –Avoid using too many colors

9 Background Keep the background simple and light Dark background –requires additional formatting or white boxes around figures –requires more ink to print Minimize colors on dark background –2-3 colors, at most You may use a photo background –IF it adds to (does NOT detract from) your poster

10 Text As low as possible, <800 words –If you have too many words, viewers will read only your figures or, worse, they will avoid your poster Text boxes (columns) –40 characters wide or 12 words per line Left align, do not justify text Avoid blocks of text >10 sentences

11 Font Use no more than 2 or 3 fonts –Sans serif font (Arial, Helvetica, Gill Sans, etc.) –Serif font (Times, Georgia, Palatino, etc.) Font size should be readable 6 feet away –Title: point –Attribution: point –Section headers: point –Text and captions: point –Legends: 20+ point Dont overuse bold and italics, avoid underline

12 Photos Request permission to use copyright images Credit photographers and artists Ask your printer what image resolution s/he needs Standard resolution: pixels per inch (ppi) at desired size Write short, clear captions to explain photos Hermissenda nudibranch at Santa Cruz Island, California. Photo: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

13 From UCSB Instructional Development Poster Tutorial Photo Donts

14 Logo Donts Do not: –Alter the colors –Modify the logo –Distort or skew the logo –Place logo over other graphics –Place logo too close to other information –Place logo in a box Do: –Include the Bren School logo on your poster

15 15 Software Options PowerPoint –reset slide side to size of poster –presentation (not design) software, limited size, potential printing problems –save files as PDF, TIFF or JPG at highest image quality (at least 300 dpi) InDesign and Adobe Illustrator –most flexible –check option to "subset fonts when percent of characters used is less than 100% to prevent font distortion Adobe Photoshop –used to prepare photos –use resolution of 300 dpi and save TIFF or EPS file (convert to Press Quality PDF using Acrobat Distiller) If you can make a PDF, JPG, TIFF or EPS, it usually can be printed!

16 16 Key Points Keep the title simple and short Avoid titles with colons Format title in sentence case Include all primary authors (group project members) and your affiliation (48-60 point) For group project posters, include faculty advisor and client Catchy 1-2 line title should convey the issue, approach or system (80-96 point)

17 17 Do not include an abstract Key Points Do not include abstract, unless required. An abstract is for a meeting catalog, not your poster. Include a short abstract (less than 50 words) if required or no meeting catalog will be printed. ABSTRACT

18 18 Introduction Less than 200 words (24-28 point) Attract readers attention Clearly state research questions or hypotheses Place issue into context Describe general approach Locate on upper left side of poster Option: Insert a photograph and caption that communicates your research question

19 19 Approach Less than 200 words Use figures, tables, flow charts Mention analytical methods Option: Include a photo Locate on middle left or with figures in center

20 20 Results Less than 200 words What did you find? Briefly describe results Present data analysis Include figures that visually display your results Make clear legends Write clear captions Locate at top or middle, center of poster

21 21 Conclusions Less than 200 words Briefly reference questions and hypothesis Was your hypothesis supported? Why are your results conclusive and interesting? What is the relevance of your work? Locate on upper or middle right side of poster

22 22 References Follow standard professional format. Reference published articles and books. Do not cite more than 10 articles. Do not cite articles you have not read. Acknowledgements Thank individuals for specific contributions to the project in less than 50 words. Do not list titles or affiliations. Further information In less than 20 words, provide your , web site, and url to download a pdf of the poster. Citations, Acknowledgements and Further Information

23 23 Catchy 1-2 line title should convey the issue, approach or system (80-96 point) Include all primary authors (group project members) and your affiliation (48-60 point) For group project posters, include faculty advisor and client Introduction Less than 200 words (24-28 point). Attract readers attention. Clearly state research questions or hypotheses. Place issue into context. Describe general approach. Locate on upper left side of poster Option: Insert a photograph and caption that communicate your research question References Follow standard format. Reference published articles. Cite <10 articles. Do not cite articles not read. Further information In <20 words, provide your , web site, and url to download a pdf of the poster. Conclusions Less than 200 words. Briefly reference questions and hypothesis. Was your hypothesis supported? Why are your results conclusive and interesting? What is the relevance of your work? Locate on upper or middle right side. Results Less than 200 words. Briefly describe results and data analysis. Include figures with clear legends and captions. Locate at top or middle, center. Experimental approach Less than 200 words. Use figures, tables, flow charts. Mention analytical methods. Locate methods on middle left or with figures in center. Acknowledgements Thank individuals for specific contributions to the project in less than 50 words. Do not list titles or affiliations.


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