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In our poster titled, “Medical CommunicationsExposure and Education Among Medical, Nursing, and Pharmacy Students,” we report on thecurricula of the top medical, nursing, and pharmacy schools in the United States to determinethe extent of medical communications and medical writing exposure among graduate students inthe healthcare professions. See the video description below for a linkto our full poster. The map in Figure 1 displays the locationsof the top-ranked MD (research), DNP, and PharmD programs, according to US News & WorldReport. The table in the lower left corner summarizesthe number of schools by degree type and geographical region as defined by the US Census Bureau. Enrollment sizes are shown to the right ofthe map, according to US News & World Report and the StartClass website. All degree types were represented within allregions; however, most of the schools were more concentrated in the east half of thecountry. The highest enrollment was found among MDprograms. Of the schools included here, all 27 MD schools,18 of the 25 DNP schools, and 21 of the 29 PharmD schools provided published curriculaand we were able to identify 27 MD, 17 DNP, and 13 PharmD programs with at least 1 possibly-relatedmedical communications course. To learn about the rest of our analyses andour conclusions, watch our other videos and view our full poster.
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Every year, at hotels all over the world,scientists from every field in science flock to these giant academic conferences. They're like WOODSTOCK for geeks in that field. Scientists go to these conferences to learn about the new research going on in their field, and to share the work they're doing with everybody else. And to drink and hang out with friends from other universities who they don't get to see very often. So it's like a big, social knowledge update for the whole field. And at most all of these conferences there's something called a poster session. And poster sessions are where researchers share findings that didn't fit into bigger sessions or bigger presentations. Scientists take some new research finding some new truth about the world. And they try to explain it on this giant poster. These poster sessions are one of the main ways that scientists share knowledge with each other. And they have the potential to bethis really great experience. For both the person presenting the poster, and the person walking around looking at all the posters. But in reality scientists havemixed feelings about poster sessions. A lot of us go into poster sessionsfeeling like, kind of optimistic, and then we come out feeling like disappointed and underwhelmed. And here's why. First, here's what it feels like to present aposter. If you're going to be the person presenting the poster, you're first thinking like "oh this will be great. " I'll put all this work that I'm reallypassionate about on this big beautiful poster. And people will walk by it and belike "oh cool research!" And I'll be like "oh you think so? Let's talk about!" And then we'll have this really engaging conversation we're like *I* learned things,and THEY learned things. And other people will walk by and like "oh great research," and they'll get to learn what I'm doing. And I'll feel like I'm getting to sharewhat I'm doing with the world and with other scientists. And sometimes. Like, very, very rarely; you will get like HALF of that experience. But that's the BEST case. Most of the time, you're standing by your poster all eager. While people just walk by you and don't even look at your poster, as if you don't exist, while you try to like STARE THEM DOWN out of desperation. Like, "Please, SOMEONE, RESPOND TO MY WORK. " And then the whole hour the poster session goes by and no one has even — not even not just ENGAGED with your poster — but no one has LOOKED at your poster. Then you just take your poster down, and you look at it, and you remember that it cost $100 to print. And then you throw it away. And then youthink "Maybe my research wasn't that interesting anyway. " and "That was a complete waste of time" Now, here's how it feels to ATTEND a poster session. The experience of attending a poster session and walking around trying to learn fromall the posters, can be even worse than it is for the presenter. OK, it's not WORSE than it is for the presenter. Nothing's worse than presenting a poster session. But it's still pretty bad. Again, you start off with very high hopes. You picture yourself walking through and like BREATHING IN all the latest research in your field. Learning stuff you never thought to think about before,and really just like getting more enlightened as a scientist and gettingall new ideas for the stuff you're doing. But it never, ever works out that way. In reality, most the time you walk in and there's all these presenters standing thereby all their posters and they're like locking eyes with you and watching youas you pass because they're all so bored and desparate for you to engage withthem and like validate their research. And their posters are just like walls ofincomprehensible text that you can't interpret very quickly. So what you do isyou kind of like avoid the too intense eye contact of the presenters whiletrying to quickly and surreptitiously scan the titles of the posters. Trying toget an idea of one or two you might want to check out. And the title of the poster just sort of gives you a general idea of what the study did. Like, the research question they asked. Not even the answer. It's kind of abstract and a little tootechnical, but if you can get the general idea, then maybe you engage with theposter, and try to get closer, and try to figure out what they did, and try to LEARN something So you found a poster that you're kind of interested in and you walk up closer to get a general idea and scan it and read it and try to learnthe core insight from it. But while you're doing that the desperatepresenter, who's standing like two feet away from you and staring at you, noticesyou looking at their poster. And they're like "Any questions? Any questions?! Let me know if you have questions!!!" And then you feel like you want to be polite, so you talk to the presenter. And maybe you have a pretty good conversation and you learn about what's on the poster and you eventually learn that key punchline ofthe study after you've asked a bunch of follow-up questions. But you end up staying at the poster longer than you need to. Even past the point of learningwhat you wanted from it. Because you're in a conversation! You don't want to be rude to just cut the presenter off. But meanwhile, like this is taking a lot oftime. You usually have less than an hour to browse all the posters. And that's if you showed up on time. Which you didn't. So the minutes are going by while you'rehaving this conversation and doing all these social niceties and trying tofigure out a polite way to exit the conversation. And usually after just ONE of these conversations, you realize that time is limited and you've got to likeskim harder and avoid eye contact harder So you breeze through the rest of theposters. Maybe stop at one more. But you're really, really desperatelyskimming now. So you're forced to adopt a strategy, where you spend a lot of time at one or maybe even two posters. maybe even past the point where you've gotten the insight you wanted. And then you've used up most of your time, so you have to skip around and breeze through the rest of the posters and barely even read the titles. And then you leave the poster session feeling a little disappointed uneasy, but still trying to convince yourself that it was productive. Like, "oh I'm super glad I spent 35 minutes talking about that one poster that I wasn't even super interested in" "That was a good use of my time. It was. " "I'm sure there was nothing on ANY of the other posters that was remotely relevantto me. " So the point is you may have had one good conversation — or two maybe — but you didn't really learn as much as you had hoped to learn from the wholesession. And you wonder what insights you might have missed on all those other posters you didn't have time to get to. So this all kind of sucks for you whenyou walk around trying to learn from the posters. And it also sucks when you'rethe presenter trying to make an impact with your poster that nobody's looking at. But there's something much more sinister going wrong here. And that's that when you're walking around trying to learn from this poster session and you're only able to interact with one or two posters, you're MISSING all the insight from the posters you had to breeze by and skim. And these missed insights are all like part of your field you're supposed to know all of thisstuff. A lot of them probably apply to the scientific problems you're wrestlingwith in some direct or tangential way. And you're missing them! You're only getting like one or two points before time runs out and you gotta leave. So not only are poster sessions kind of a lackluster experience for everybody involved, but they're also really inefficient at transferring knowledge to people walking through the poster sessions. And that means it's slowing down the learning. It's slowing down scientific progress. Which is actually holding the human raceback in a non insignificant way. That sounds like hyperbole but I actuallymean it. Maybe the research in your field isn't very important — and I'm in psychology so I get that — but if you're studying something that people aresuffering from, like cancer or Alzheimer's or MECFS Like one of those missed posters could contain some finding you hadn't thought about that triggers a moment of insight that helps you cure that disease sooner than you would haveif you had missed that poster. And all of these missed insights are happening in mass in EVERY single field of science right now. This isn't just a design frustration. This is a serious problem (and a serious opportunity). I think a lot of these problems come down to the way we approach designing academic posters. So let's see if we can fix that. Okay here's how the poster "design process"works. If you can call it a design process. Six months before the conferenceyou write an essay talking about your research findings that you want to put on your poster. And then you submit that to the conference, and then hopefully it gets approved,and then you're happy because that means your school will payfor your travel. And then you forget about it, for like five months. Until about two weeks before the conference. And while you're already worrying abouteverything else you have to do for the conference:. Plane tickets, packing things like that. It suddenly hits you. And you're like "oh. Oh. Oh shit shit shit shit. I actually have to CREATE the damn poster. " "Uh. crap. " And then you get like reallyidealistic. You're like "you know what, I'm gonna make this the best poster ever!" So you open a blank PowerPoint file and you get started. And then like an hour later you're like "uh crap nothing's done and this is going nowhere and I need to get this done and to the printer by 2:00 tomorrow and I don't have time to do this perfectionistic crap I just gotta like. I need somethingdone. Now. That doesn't make me look stupid. " So you desperately email one of yoursenior grad student friends and they're like "No problem. I got you covered. Here's the poster design I always use!" "It was handed down to me by Susie. Oh you never got to meet Susie. " "She was one of the senior students that graduated before you got here I was like four years ago" "Susie was amazing. Anyway, this is thedesign I always use. It works for me. Hope it helps. " And you're like "great greatgreat it's perfect. " And what you're really thinking is like "I don't have time to be original here" "I've just got to get this done and to theprinter and it's my first year of grad school or whatever" ". And I'm kind of afraid of looking unprofessional" "or looking like I don't know what I'm doing. I don't have really time to think this through. " So what do you do in times of uncertainty? You mimic. You copy somebodyelse, and that makes you feel safe. So you open up your friend's template, and then whatever is on that old, hand-me-down poster design, you copy. Like whateverthey did, you do. If they had their entire introduction paragraph copy-and-pasted into this tiny box in the corner, then that's what YOU do. You take YOUR entire entire introduction paragraph and you put it in that little box! If they display like their full table of correlation coefficients that don't all really relate to like what their central points are, that's what you put inyou put in all your correlation that's what you put in! You put in all YOUR correlation coefficients. That helps fill up space! And thenwhat you end up with is this monstrosity of a wall of text poster, with like copy-and-pasted bits of your essay squeezed into these templated old boxes with likeyour school's faded header on top from its 25-year old branding scheme. And yourposter just looks like a wall of mess. And SOME part of you is like "Is thislegible? Like nobody can read this. " But that part's very quiet. The very muchlouder part is like "Good. It looks great. And it looks great because it looks like I did something. " It looks like I spent LONGER on this than the rushed hour that I actually spent on it. Now if you have a little extra time on your hands,you may be able to listen to that "Let's make this a little more readable" voice. And if you have that kind of time, maybe you like add a nice graph, or turn one section of text into bullet points or something like that, or add a picture. AndI've done this. When I first started my Ph. D program, I tried to take an extrahour with a poster and improve the usability of it a little bit. So here'sone of my first posters. I had like a "so what" box, and icons and pictures for everything, but it's still just a wall of text in the same old format. And then there are these like unicorn posters. These are the posters that you seen ONEof at every conference if you're lucky. And they're beautiful. They're likeinfographics, and they're designed by either like professional applied firms,or grad students who WERE designers before coming to grad school. or theyused templates or paid somebody. And these infographic style posters make you feel completely inadequate. You're like "man, my poster should look like that — THAT's a good poster. " BUT THEY'RE STILL NOT. They're still just a wall ofPRETTY things that you can't interpret very quickly. And they're cardinal sin is thatthey expect people to be up close and reading them the cardinal sin of everyposter I've seen including the posters I've designed myself is that we assumepeople are gonna like stand there and read our posters in silence for 10straight minutes following the order of the sections we laid out and when wedesign them we're sitting up close to them reading them in order so we designthem for that kind of user experience for a context that's really differentfrom how people actually read posters at poster sessions really the accurate wayto design your poster based on how they're actually used would be toproject your PowerPoint file on a wall it's like full-size and walk past itover and over again and improve the design for the experience of learningwhile walking by but none of us do that like watch here are beautifulinfographic style posters they're gonna move past you at walking speed try toread them did you catch anything besides the title did you even catch the titleto learn anything from the infographic format you have to walk up and spend alot of time with it because that's what infographics are designed for they'redesigned to sustain your attention while you're right up next to it for 5 to 10minutes reading it on your own and silence infographics aren't the rightgoal for scientific posters because we just don't spend that much time withmost posters if anything a billboard is a better design analogy because thoseare designed to transmit information as you move past them so what should anacademic poster look like I think an ideal academic poster should accomplishthree goals first we want to maximize the amount of insight transferred toattendees in the poster session if you're attending a poster session wewant to make it easy for you to interact with every poster in some way so thatyou could conceivably learn the insight that every single poster in the sessionhas to offer in less than 50 minutes second we wantkeep the good stuff we still want to leave time for having good conversationsand getting deep insight about any single poster if you want to and thirdwe have to accomplish these goals in a way that is as lazy or lazier for gradstudents and scientists to create posters with the new design under timepressure and with no free mental bandwidth even if this new approach todesigning posters cures cancer faster if it's not easier for scientists to createand what they're currently doing it'll never happen so we have to make it easyso that it's both the right way to do it and the fast way to do it so let's getstarted okay so let's get into the right frame of mind here we're gonna startthings off with one of the most famous quotes in all of design here it goesperfection is not when you have nothing to add it's when you have nothing totake away good designs start with something very very minimal like a corething and they work from there so that's what we're gonna do and for that corething we're gonna follow the biggest most reliable rule in all of usabilityresearch you put a lot of effort into what people need to know and then youinclude the stuff that's nice to know last punch line first so here's a blankacademic poster what is the minimum need-to-know piece of information thatshould go on here if we could only put one thing on it well that's probablylike the main finding of the city right so we need a finding I'm gonna use areal finding for my friend Jacob study Jacob very bravely sent me his posterand let me use it for the video Thank You Jacob and you probably can't tellfrom this poster but Jacob study is actually really cool and important butthat coolness and that importance is lost in this traditional academic posterformat so we're gonna take this and we're gonna redesign it and we're gonnastart by grabbing the main finding the core takeaway of this study and puttingit on our blank poster so let's see what's the main finding of this studywhat's the main finding see this is the problem I'm talking about it's taking meway too damn long to find the main takeaway from this study which is prettyrepresentative of the problem here that has nothing to do with this poster everyposter in science like this okay so after reading this entire poster I thinkthe main finding is this bit right here we found consistent differentialvalidity for some non-cognitive measures for predicting international student GPAspecifically with SJ T's continuous learning social responsibility andperseverance so let's put that on the poster and then we're gonna change thebackground color you can use your school's color if you want to but Ithink it would be extra efficient to use colors that prime people's expectationsabout what type of poster they're about to see because they'll notice the colorfirst like we could use green for empirical studies because they're themost common blue for theory red for methods andyellow the most attention-getting color for that rare and wonderful interventionstudy so this is already better but it sounds kind of technical to anybody whodoesn't specialize in the sub feel that this relates to which is selection orhiring decisions which is fine for an academic paper where people can go backand look up terms they don't know but we don't have that kind of time people arewalking by in five seconds we got to punch it in their brain and research onusability writing shows that plain language is interpreted faster and getspeople's attention better so the most efficient thing we can put on thisposter is actually a plain language version of our main finding so we'regoing to say for international students perseverance and a sense of socialresponsibility are extra important for predicting first-year GPA now this kindof makes sense right now you're getting this whole story popping into your mindbut what if we're presenting a poster and somebody comes up and asks us aquestion we don't know the answer to like give me your full list ofpredictors and all the correlations what about those figures and tables that giveus that sense of safety and the ability to answer questions for that we're gonnaadd something called an ammo bar ammo bar is just gonna be a column on theright side or whatever side you plan to stand on and you're gonna copy and pasteall of your miscellaneous figures and tables and stuff that you need foranswering questions into that bar you're not gonna spend any time worrying aboutthe design or layout of this section because it's just for you to use treatit as your scratch board make it as ugly and as fast as you can it's just thereso you can point to things when somebody walks up and talks to you now what ifyou're already talking to somebody and you're showing them things in your ammobar and somebody else walks up and wants to learn more about your study butdoesn't want to interrupt you well for them we're gonna add a sidebar on theleft we're gonna call this our silent presenter bar in the silent prisoner baryou're gonna do all the stuff you normally do on an academic poster butyou're gonna worry about the layout of it a little less go ahead and follow theold intro methods results format copy and paste bits of your essay or addbullets and graphs if you have time just sort of give people an overview of thepaper as if they were going to be standing there and reading it silentlybut in one to four minutes not 10 to 15 these side bars are key to this designbecause with the ammo bar and the silent presenter bar together we really havealmost as much information on this new design as we had on the traditionaldesign it's just arranged much more efficientlybut what if somebody wants a lot more information a lot more than you can evenput on your poster and doesn't have time to read it or talk to you these are thepeople that sometimes like snap pictures of your poster well for these peoplewe're gonna add a QR code that links to your full paper and a copy of the posterthese QR codes look scary but they are stupidly easy to create just Googlecreate a QR code you'll do it in a second and every phone canread them like if you take out your phone right now and take a picture ofthis QR code on the screen it'll automatically know it's taking a pictureof a QR code and follow the link so this last QR code feature lets you snap apicture of any poster and instantly get a copy of the whole poster and the paperso now with this QR code option we're actually providing an option to get evenmore information than traditional designs allow for and doing it in a waythat lets attendees choose how much information they want to get instead ofbeing flooded in design this is called the principle of progressive disclosureso here's our final design now there are more things we could do with this likeif you have a really important graph or an image that needs to go in the centeryou could move the QR code over it only needs to be about five inches big to beread you could also add your own creative flair with images and stuff butfor now let's look at the design in its simplest form let's look at a before andafter so in the next screen a few real academic posters are going to move pastyou at a walking pace see how much information you can absorb now try thesesame posters you just saw translated to the new design now this is gonna be alittle unbelievable and jarring at first because when people see this they don'tbelieve that these clear findings came from the posters they just saw but theydid this is how detached current scientific poster design is fromactually communicating what you need to know here we go you absorbed more right you got the gistof probably every poster if you wanted to know more you could still walk up andtalk or read the silent presenter bar or just scan the QR code and keep walkingso this new design meets our goals it helps transfer insight moreefficiently by leading with the main finding and making it big and obviousand in plain language you can still walk up and have good conversations withpeople and for our third goal and I hope you can tell from looking at it but thisapproach is way easier for grad students to create you can create this posterdesign in much less time than you're spending on your current method so let'slook at the presenter experience now everybody who walks by it looks at yourposter at least because looking at your poster is less effortful and it's morerewarding to look which is already an improvement and now people who walk bycan engage with your poster quickly by snapping a QR code which still makes youfeel good if you see somebody do it and you still get those conversationsperhaps even more of them because your hook is better and now look at theattendee experience you get that feeling of breathing and insight as you walkpast and you have more options as an attendee to choose your level ofengagement with posters you're interested in you don't have to gettrapped in a conversation to learn something from a poster and look at howit could accelerate learning you can conceivably walk into a poster sessionwith this design and learn something from every single poster instead of justone or two if every scientist in every field used a design like this instead ofthe crappy old wall of text template they're using right now it canaccelerate insight and discovery and be more fun for everybody the reason Ispent a year of my life making this cartoon instead of publishing paperslike I'm supposed to be doing is because I really think that it everybody uses adesign like this we could accelerate the pace of science we could cure alldiseases slightly sooner and that's everything to the people suffering fromthem I really believe in this design I know it's jarring ly different than whatyou're used to using but for what it's worth when actual designers designposters and billboards their first advice is to keep it simple and becomfortable with negative space which this design really does also we're gonnado a validation study on this new design so if you're a researcher and you're upfor participating in a study to help validate this design get in touch withme send me an email or hit me up on Twitter I'm at Mike Morrison so pleasetry it for yourself even if you want to hack it up a little and make it your ownno hyegyo's there are links below to download PowerPoint templates for thesedesigns including example posters I'm gonna use this design and all myconferences going forward and lots of people here in my ph. D program are gonnatry it out too so try it and please let me know how it goes for you now willretweet any poster selfies you send me thanks for watching.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the new inDesign tutorial series. In this series I will be teaching you how to make academic posters with InDesign CS6. If you go to conferences as a scientist or engineer you often need to bring your own poster to present your research. I think most people don't really enjoy making posters so if you look at posters on the internet or on conferences where you are going most of the times it's just a big wall of text and not very nice to look at. So I want you to remember that posters are something visual. So in this tutorial I will not only talk about how to get the right amount of text but also how to get a very nice flow and layout and also how to use figures and graphics to make your poster very attractive. If you need to make a poster for a conference I really hope you see this as an opportunity to design something, to create something, to be a little bit of an artist. Even if you are a scientist, I think every one can have a lot of fun making a poster and it's great if it looks very nice in the end. Because a great poster will also help to also promote your research. So in this course I will be helping you to make a great poster. But before we start making the poster I want you to consider some key things before you open up InDesign. First of all you should really figure out who is attending the conference. It is a very specialised conference on e. G. neuro science or a particular group of organisms? Or has the conference a very broad field? So depending on that you will have some experts from your field or you will have general students of professors from other fields as well and you need to adjust the style and information in your posters accordingly. So if the conference is for a general audience, you want to keep it very simple and don't use special terms that only people from your field are using. Secondly figure out the actual dimensions of your poster. On conferences you get only one specific wall, where you can put your poster on and if your poster is to big you will not be able to hang it on your poster wall. So usually posters are in A1 or A0 and also think about if the poster needs to be in landscape or if it can be in the normal orientation. You will find those informations on the conference website or if you apply for a conference. Now as you know the size and orientation of your poster it's really important that you make a draft so take out a pice of paper and make a rough sketch with what you want to put on your poster and also what sections you want to have. Like introduction, materials and methods and how much space they should take on your poster. Normally the results section should have the biggest space on the poster. And as we are making a poster in this tutorial as well I have done this for the poster we will make. So you should have an idea what your layout should look like and what contents should go on your poster. It's really key here to concentrate your research to the most important points only, because if you don't do this you will end up with a wall of text. Also try to keep it to 300 words total on your poster if you end up with 400, well thats all right but if you really go above 400 you need to scrape something away. So really try here to aim for 300 words and don't forget that the poster should be a lot move visual and not written like a thesis with a lot of words. Now as you have figured out what you want to put on your poster you should also discuss it with your supervisor. And then one last important point is that you should not worry to much about details now. The first step is as we have our draft, to get our text and figures into InDesign. To get a basic overview if our layout idea works and how everything looks together. And then we can work on the details and polish the poster and really choose the right font size, choose the right font and so on, work on all the edges. So make sure to get the contend on the poster first and then tweak all the layout things and make everything look nice. All right I hope you will keep this checklist in mind and in the next video I will show you some posters I made and also talk about how to get inspired to create your own poster and own style. So click here for the next video!.
So this is a quick video to take you through some of the basics of scientific posters So, a few things to know about posters. They should be visually attractive. They are usually something you, or academics, would do at conferences. They are often up on the walls, or on boards around the room. People mill around and they pick out the ones they want to talk more about, so they need to be reasonably eye-catching. They should be concise. You will have a limited amount of space that you need to get something, which might be a whole study, on. So you need to think carefully about the most important information. They need to be clear. You need people to be able to see some detail from a fair way away, so they want to have a further look at it. Nevertheless, they need to be academic and formal. So they still need to follow some of the requirements that your other reports or essays also follow. In terms of them being written in good, clear English and grammatically correct. And also sometimes following some of the conventions of how you title and layout some of the information. So, this is an example of a decent layout. So you can see we've got the title clearly at the start. It follows a similar kind of pattern that your reports might do, so your lab reports. So we still have an abstract, there's an introduction, you might have a table or a materials and methods section. You've still got results and conclusions There's figures in there as well, and they are often the best way to get information across clearly and quickly, and make it look visually attractive. and you'll notice at the bottom that there are references. So, even though this is a poster, you still need those references. Still using Harvard APA referencing system, as well. So, a few things to think about type and colour. So, it's nice to have a colour background, but I would say that it needs to be a muted one. So not something that's too strong, but something where you still have a contrast between the typed word and the background. But that said, it is nicer than a white background, because it is more eye-catching and sometimes it is easier to read. Also, making sure you don't over-clutter your poster. So leave some clear space. Also, thinking in terms of making sure that things follow a kind of logical progression. So, if I briefly go back to this layout, people tend to read from left to right, and top to bottom. So that's why we've got the title at the top, then abstract, introduction, and then go to the other side to read the results and conclusion, so it follows a logical order. And you can see here, there is still clear space. Also use a sans serif font. It basically means use a clear font that doesn't have too many fancy bits on it. So, anything that looks like handwriting, or old fashioned type, can be quite difficult to read. So, sticking to something like Calibri, or Arial, or something like that. Obviously, making some things obvious. So, your big title, you might want to be 90pt. Section headings 32-36 pt, main body 22-28pt. So fairly big type, as well. Which also underlines why you need to be quite concise in what you are writing. Also, we'd recommend 1. 5 to double line spacing. So you are leaving a decent amount of space between the lines, which again makes it easier to read on a poster. A few little bits about labelling. You definitely want figures on a poster, you don't want it all to be written text. You need something eye-catching and interesting to look at. So you may have figures, graphs, photographs, tables of information. They all need to be labelled, as well. And they all need to do something, too. A figure legend, as it says here, will go at the foot of the image. But also, you have that figure legend in there, saying Figure 1, so you can refer to it in the text. So they should be in there for a reason, and they should be helping to illustrate something that you are actually saying. So you don't want little bits of clip art, or photographs, in there for the sake of it. They should be related to what you are saying. Same with something like a table. So if you have got a list of results to want to give, putting it in a table may be better. They need to be labelled at the top, as this one is, and everything needs a title, as this does as well. So, probably the best way of illustrating this is to show you a few things. So this, for example, is a example of a not very good poster. So you can see that the two pictures there, the two figures, don't have any title. They don't have any legend. So, I'm not convinced that the person who has put them in is actually going to speak about them in the text. The title isn't very clear because they've used some kind of weird word art, so if you were standing far away from it, you might be able to make out Gobi Desert, but maybe not the first couple of words. It's got quite a distracting border around it. It's got a very dark background, and then the actual text is on different colours which is a bit confusing and sometimes means the contrast isn't very good, particularly in the Methods section and the Results section, where the background is quite dark. Also, things aren't quite in order. So you've got the Abstract, but then you've got a figure in the way You've got the Introduction, but for some reason it's followed by the References. You've got the Methods and the Results, but the Methods are really big, and the Results are really small. And then you've got the Discussion and Conclusions kind of shoved towards the end. So it would be much better to have it in columns, justified with each other, so you can make out what section is doing what. That's in comparison to this one, which is much better. It isn't perfect, it could be more interesting, but it is a lot clearer. So, we've got a fairly muted background, a surround which isn't too distracting. The title is clear, it could maybe be a bit clearer, it could be a bit bolder. But you can see that everything is justified. We've got the Abstract, the Introduction and the Methods, so it follows a logical path. We've got some figures in the middle which are labelled and have titles. So we'll assume they are going to talk about it in the text. And then we've got Results, Discussion and Conclusions, and References at the end. So it follows a kind of logical path, you can follow it through from left to right and top to bottom. So, things to check about your posters. Is the format clear? Does it follow a logical path? Are your diagrams, figures and graphs reasonably clear? Are they titled? Can you see at least some detail on them from far away, so they are attractive? Is the text clear? Have you used a reasonably sized font, so is the main body at least 22pt? Have you left at least 1. 5 to double line spacing? And, you yourself, if you put that up on the wall and step away from it, is it eye-catching? Is it something that would make you think 'right, I want to go and read that further'. Further help, as well, if you want some help on technically how to do posters, if you go on the Skills for Learning website, and look at the Workshops tab, and look at Digital Skills, our Digital Skills Team do run sessions on how to do poster presentations in PowerPoint, and set them out. So that's a really useful thing to attend. And this is the information about our Skills for Learning Website. There's also another Guide on there with more detail, on Poster presentations and all sorts of other Scientific Writing as well, and also other ways you can find us including our Blog and Twitter.
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