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1 Tips for Creating a Successful Presentation Poster February 18, 2008

2 Before you begin Know the Setting Is your poster one of many: you may want to attract attention; using backgrounds images, interesting title or interesting photos. “Eye Catchers”. (casual range 3-5ft.) Is your poster one of a few: you may want to have more details in methods or graphic (intimate range 2-3ft. Is your poster displayed all day: Make sure you have just enough details to explain your work. Is your poster or for an hour “Cocktail setting”: Make sure your reader can finish the poster. Be prepared to answer question posed in your display.

3 Before you begin The Viewer Aim your posters for the middle of the road viewer. –Experts: they are very familiar in your area and already know the science. –Target Audience: People in your general field of interest…. they require that you supply context for your work. –General Public: bonus audience that can provide their point of reference.

4 Before you begin What are your saying??? Determine the one essential concept you would like to get across to the audience. Re-read your abstract once again - are those statements still accurate? A visual presentation of your research. Concise and focused (not a presentation of your like’s work!) Say what you want to say…. say it… say what you said.

5 Hey what are they doing here? There are an awful lot of posters here! Make it interesting as well! Viewers are looking for interesting or specific topics, put that in your title!!! People are scanning the posters looking for keywords of interest. By using short well formed paragraphs viewers need only back up a short ways to read the relevance of the text. Most people will skim the poster and read the conclusion. MAKE THAT COUNT!!

6 Flow of the Poster Title at the top: can be seen over the crowd. Top to bottom left to right: crowd flow prevents users from going back to beginning. Three to five columns: shorter sentences and narrow columns narrow makes text easily read. Use visual clues when need: arrows, numbers, space or text boxes when there is no clear break can help the viewer follow your story.

7 Order of the Poster Title, Acknowledgements Intro, Hypothesis, Overview Methods, Techniques, Approach Supporting Data, Charts, Graphs, Relevant Photos Conclusion, Results References Other features: Backgrounds, Interesting photos

8 Title, Acknowledgements This part of the poster includes the title of the work, the authors names, the institutional affiliations, and the poster number. The title should say what the poster talks about and readable from 15-20 ft. Always include grant sponsors

9 Intro, Hypothesis, Overview What story is the poster going to tell me? This section should pose the hypotheses of the research. Read the Conclusion, does it make sense with the Intro said.

10 Methods, Techniques, Approach Not always necessary helps with unconventional or complex concepts. Can help readers follow the following data. Explains how the data was collected or how results were calculated. Shorten this section by using reference for less critical techniques.

11 Supporting Data, Charts, Graphs, Relevant Photos Charts and graphs put a lot of information in a small space. Charts and Graphs should stand on their own. If you need to explain a graphic break to make it work, break it down. Graphics should have a title and/or meaningful caption. Label graphics with legible headings, captions, and axis titles. If you found an interesting effect, identify it explicitly in the title.

12 Conclusion, Results Read the Intro do they correspond… does that sound familiar. Do not merely repeat the results; state the interpretations. Commit yourself!! –Summaries merely restate results. –Conclusions interpret the results and identify their significance. This is your chance to make an impression, if it is interesting say it that way.

13 References For those that need to know, tell them where to get more info. For better flow the bottom right hand corner is a natural spot for this information. Cite only what is relevant to your research. While web links are fun they are usually difficult to remember and can go out of date or disappear without notice.

14 Other features: Backgrounds, Interesting photos, Images Don’t let a good poster be ruined by a must have background. Don’t over do the resolution…. most printers are just fine with 150/300 dpi. Resize your images and graphics before importing them into your poster. This will reduce their size and can increase clarity. If you use a logo…. ask for one, they are generally higher quality.

15 A few words on Text, Space &Text boxes Space is powerful. Don’t fill your poster so full that it is difficult to follow. Keep fonts consistent –Titles 65-108pt visible from 15-20 ft. –Subheadings 36-54pts visible from 5-8 ft. –Body text 18-27pts visible from 3-5 ft. Avoid non-standard fonts (symbols) they can lead to grief when printing and really don’t add much to the poster.

16 Putting it together First draft: Big Chief Tablet… plan it out on paper before committing time on a computer. B&W version: Type your Intro, Conclusion and all other long passages of text into a word processor first. Others can proof read this while you are working on your layout. Assemble all elements into one folder before beginning. Have a couple different people review your poster. Start early, one week minimum.

17 A few words on… continued Text, Space &Text boxes Use text boxes or space to define sections. Place text boxes far enough from the text so that it is legible. On a background white or light text areas can standout. Use visual grammer... Don’t tell show.

18 Tips for our Plotter Leave an one inch margin. Reformat pictures for printing (150-200 dpi) looks fine Max size is 36X54 in PowerPoint. Put document on computer before opening Always do a “Print Preview” Leave 3-4 hours for printing, typical is 60- 90 minutes, in case of problems

19 Reference Links “How to create a poster that graphically communicates your message”: Kathryn Tosney, Professor of Biology, The University of Michigan. Great visual reference using Positive and Negative examples to illustrate poster building concepts. “Developing a Poster Presentation ”: Jeff Radel, University of Kansas Medical Center. Step by step text guide basics to creating display posters. “How to Write a Scientific Poster”: The American Physiological Society. Reference links to skill building web pages for presentations. “How to make a Poster Presentation in PowerPoint”: By Gericke Sommerville, March 21,2003. Poster guide for participants in the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium.

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