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Create and Design a Better Academic Poster

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Putting together an academic poster will prove to be both an art and a science. This workshop will cover both aspects of academic poster design, providing helpful hints on how to create an acadmic poster that is both eye-catching and informative.

In this session, you will learn:

a step-by-step poster design workflow
how to manage and organize images and content
artistic design strategies
various computer software tools
on and off campus printing options

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Create and Design a Better Academic Poster

  1. 1. Create & Design an Effective Academic Poster A Graduate Resource Center Workshop Presented by Talal Saint-Lôt
  2. 2. Why an Academic Poster? WHAT IT IS…  Speaks 4 You  Advertisement  Visual Representation of Research  One-way communicator WHAT IT IS NOT…  Presentation aid  Research paper on a poster  Most effective information sharing tool
  3. 3. Before You Begin! 1.Know your intentions 2.Consider your audience 3.Draft layout and content
  4. 4. Quick Overview SCIENCE  Basic Elements  Narrative Structure  File Management  Software to Use ART  Visual Structure  Eye Candy – Do’s n Don’ts  Colors & Fonts  3 Tricks of the Trade
  5. 5. Basic Elements  Poster Title  Author Info  Institution Name  Institution Logo  Research Content  References  Acknowledgements
  6. 6. Narrative Introduction Method/Data Results Conclusion
  7. 7. File Management
  8. 8. Software *Online Training: lynda.unm.edu
  9. 9. Visual Structure
  10. 10. Eye Candy DO…  Use color NEVER Black/White  Simplify charts or tables  Bold/Italicize/Underline  Use Google Image Search DON’T…  Use pictures, instead use illustrations  Emphasize text over diagrams, tables, graphs – 300 words max  Duplicate the message – Compliment instead  Add pictures JUST because…
  11. 11. Colors & Fonts Colors  Be careful with primary colors  Use complimentary colors  No more than 3-4 colors  www.colorschemedesigner.com Fonts  One or two styles  Title 150 - 85pt  Headings 56 - 36pt  Body Text 32 - 24pt  Captions 24 - 18pt  Text Modifications
  12. 12. FAQs at this POINT  Which software program should I use?  Google Image Search?  How to start a poster document in Microsoft Publisher?  How do I use the color scheme website RGB/CMYK codes?  Where can I print? How much does it cost?
  13. 13. Printing Your Poster  UNM Copy Center  $4/ft2 36x24=$24 or 48x36=$48  3 Locations – College of Education, Dane Smith Hall, Health Sciences Center  Call 277-8267 or http://www.unm.edu/~copyctr/index.htm  FedEx - Kinko’s  Matte Paper $7.25/ft2 or Photo Quality $12/ft2  36x24=$43.50/$72 or 48x36=$87/$144  Individual Departments  Free or at cost  College of Education, Geography, SA+P, CEP, and others PROJECT IT B4 U PRINT IT!
  14. 14. Notable Resources  PosterGenius by Scigen Technologies http://www.postergenius.com/cms/index.php  Create Poster Tutorial Video Series by unluckylion http://youtu.be/PLuMRqcZhrI  Online Software Training – http://lynda.unm.edu/  Adobe for Academics - http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adobe-for-academics/ design-an-eyecatching-conference-poster/
  15. 15. Trick #1
  16. 16. Trick #2
  17. 17. Trick #3 Watch the Video
  18. 18. What you just learned… SCIENCE  Basic Elements  Narrative Structure  File Management  Software to Use ART  Visual Structure  Eye Candy – Do’s n Don’ts  Colors & Fonts  3 Tricks of the Trade

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