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Poster Design and Creation Tips January 2015 GIS Center Tufts University
A Locator Map (Introduction) Each map should have: ◦ Title – Insert using publisher, not arcmap ◦ Legend Sized appropriately and organized with proper headings and layers ◦ Scale Bar Consistent size, scale and location. Appropriate Units ◦ North arrow Consistent placement and size between maps Labels might be useful on maps but aren’t required Additional Graphics ◦ Photographs, graphs, tables, charts, diagrams, etc. Identify and Label all Figures and Maps on poster and in text!!
Poster’s can be printed in the GIS lab in Tisch Library when an assistant is there. Posters should be sized at 30x40 inches Landscape or Portrait orientation is fine You will mount your project on poster board provided in the GIS lab Leave the poster on the pile for our class in the GIS lab.
Posters serve as an advertisement of your hard work!
Layout Visual Hierarchy Alignment – Use of columns Grouping -To box or not to Box? Contrast – Use of white space Typography Emphasis Font Type/Style Column Width Justification/ Left Alignment Bullets Size Color Color Wheel Complimentary/contrasting Colors Images/Figures Resolution
Blue on Red appears blurry to the human eye Yellow on white is hard to read Red on blue also appears blurry to the human eye
Colleagues Students Scientists Government officials Community groups General public Know your Audience!
Be in charge of your design decisions: Color Palette – Pick a color scheme and keep it consistent for poster and maps! Fonts – Pick 2 main fonts– 1 for maps and poster headings (sans-serif), 1 for poster text (serif) Size- Poster text is important, but don’t forget about map text as well (labels and legends, and scale bars!) Format- Identify most important elements (title, headings, maps, tables, graphs) & place them on poster first. Then add text and secondary information.
Simply your Poster with Maps, Graphs and Headings
Think about what information is important for your readers to understand for the project Overview map- Important data or locations ◦ Basic information that might give the reader background info or context. Factor Maps- Important to show what went into your model (not necessarily intermediary steps) ◦ Ex: Suitability Analysis: Distance from Roads Might be better to show the actual Euc Distance with distance values rather than the reclassify layer that doesn’t have values but just numbers. Final Map- Some may have a “final” map, others might not (that’s okay).
◦ Determine the shape you want your maps to be on the poster Square, rectangle ◦ Set up the page so that the maps are exported bigger than what they will be on your poster. 20x20 usually works (if it’s a square). Adjust for rectangle. ◦ Export maps with just legend, north arrow, and scale bar. ◦ Use Publisher to put in titles and other explanatory text ◦ Export maps as a JPEG, GIF or Tiff at 300 DPI.