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Hello every one! And welcome to the las tutorial of this InDesign scientific poster tutorial series. In the last few tutorials we created this first draft of our poster which you can see here. If you like you can click on this one to watch the previous video. Other wise we get started with todays tutorial. We are still missing some features in InDesign which we didn't discuss in the previous tutorials so in todays tutorial I will go over some stages of the poster till the finished product using those screenshots over here and I'm going to take especially a look at character styles, we're going to take a look at text formatting, basic layout how to use align functions in InDesign. And then we also going to discuss a very important step, exporting your poster to get it out for print. Also we will take a look at the process, so which design ideas and which things change along the way when I created those posters. So let's get started right away. Over here you see the second version of the poster and you see we have a lot of text in there now. So let's go into InDesign and we're going to discuss some text functionality's. We have here now some sample text and the first thing you can see is that a lot of the words are underlined. This is because of the spelling correction. To change that we can edit our "basic text", this is the Paragraph Style for the text over here. And under advanced character formats you can set the language to German, Because at the moment this is in German, the poster. We click on OK. All right, if we take a closer look at our text now it's always a good idea to have some bullet points instead of a big chunk of text. So you can archive this by selecting the text or the paragraphs you want to have n bullet points. And on the paragraph styles you can click on this symbol over here. It might also help to go on *Type* -> *Show Hidden Characters*. This way you can identify what is a paragraph. Also sometimes the text can look batter if it's justified. Like this. If you should justify your text or not is often quite a debate so it's really up to you and your poster what you think looks better. Sometimes if you have latin names or want to emphasise certain words, so the key points you might want to make things bold or italic. to do this I would recommend to define character styles. You can do this by clicking on this panel here and then go on New Character Style. Let's call this one "Bold". And then we go on edit bold. And in here on basic character format we will set the font style to bold. We do the same thing for italic. In this case we can emphasise the word "Gewässer" by clicking on this one. Or for example "Abbildung 3" we click on bold to have this bold as well. Let's quickly make the one for italic. So in this case one point you might have bold for example, would be our goals ("Ziele"). Like this. Also if we take a look at the hyphenation you see we have here a lot of hyphenations going on at the moment. You can change this, if we go on our basic text, we go on edit again. You can go on our hyphenation panel, were we really can tweak the settings if we want to have very long words hyphenated or not and also the easiest thing is to go with this leaver here. So we can say we ant better spacing, if we have the text justified or we want to have fewer hyphens, which how ever can sometimes lead to our letters get a little bis squished together. So you just can play around with this as well. If you would like to have a more detailed description of the paragraphs styles we created you find those in the tutorial before. OK. I also wanted to point out that we did change some things layout and contend wise. So if we take a look at those two posters we have the first one on the left, and the second version we just looked at on the right. On the right side we removed the abstract. Some times you don't really need an abstract for posters, or some people are saying you don't need an abstract at all. And instead of an abstract we included a material and method section which briefly explains the methods we used in the three separate projects which are explained in the columns you see there, the three columns. Also you see we included some boxes to hold the pictures for each of the projects. And if we take now a look at the version three of this poster, you see now we have all of those pictures included and I briefly show how you make those boxes in InDesign and how you import your pictures. We are using rectangular boxes like this one here and in this case they are just filled with a white color like this. And we don'T want to have any borders. You can then go ahead and just rescale them if you want to on the corners or also you can set the width and height of the box over here. However we have just copied this box for the other one as well. Now we can go ahead and just import our pictures, in this case we have a jpg and then an illustrator file which we just drag and drop into InDesign. In here I can just click and drag and I will get those pictures in the right proportions. With this pictures over here we're just going to set round corners like this. And we position it roughly were it should be on the poster. Something like this. We can keep the background at the moment as a reference to do the layout later on. You also see we have a picture of the first person on the poser. So if you have some people who need to provide pictures or information make sure you contact them way ahead of the conference so you have time, or they have time to send you all the information and you can incorporate those things into the poster. This is the next version of the poster, and you can see we have included a little QR code down below. This is the basic link to our website, GeneStream. De And you can make those with simple QR code generators. I will put a link in the YouTube description below to the one I used. I would recommend to use one which has a SVG output format so this means that your QR code is vector based, you can edit it in illustrator and then you can put an Illustrator file onto your poster in InDesign. In this version of the poster you see, if you compare those side by side hat the color has changed a little bit. And this has something to do with transparency settings inside of InDesign. If you don't know how to solve this problem this can drive you a little bit crazy because all your colors look a little bit num and dull. And if you change this to RGB it will look a lot better. And especially if you send your poster around, on a computer, as a PDF for people to look at it looks a lot better with the settings I'm going to show you now in InDesign. If the transparency settings are already set to RGB every thing will be fine but it'S always a good idea to check. In this case this is on CMYK and you can change those things in *Edit* -> *Transparency Blendspace* and you set this to RGB. And now take a look at the blue background and you will see a change. You see the color is now a little bit brighter and not so dull as before. Now you can see we have changed a lot of small details in the poster for example we have included some logos, we have included additional figures also we have included pictures of our partners, of their logos and so on. ANd you can see there are some comments on the poster, so I already got some feedback in for things that should change with text or some figures. And if you want to get some feedback, it's a good idea to send it around as a PDF or you could also print your poster in a bigger size maybe like this, two dina 4 pages. And then just take it to the lunch room of your department take some post-it's with you and some cookies and make a little note that says: Every one who has any idea how to improve this poster just write a note and stick it on the poster on the spot were you would change something and you can get a free cookie if you do so. So lot's of people will give you feedback this way if they spend some time in the lunch room and have a coffee. In this version of the poster you see the layout has changed a little bit, so things were shifted around and look more cleaner. So we go into InDesign and take a look at the align tool and also some other tricks that will help you to get a nice layout and everything aligned really well together. I will show you now some tips and tricks how to do a good layout. We have a lot of tools in InDesign which can help us. The first one are smart guides, so under *View* -> *Grids and Guides* you can activate those. Smart guides will help if you move things around, to make them stick to certain anchor points and also objects relative to the objects which you are moving. If we take a closer look at these pictures for example we have now moved this one, so this is totally out of place. And one really useful tool is the align tool. If you don't have this panel here, you will find this under *Windows* -> *Object and Layout* -> *Align*. If we now select all of those pictures, we press the shift key to do so we can then press on align objects, on this one "Align relative to top edge" and all of them are aligned. We also find here the distribute spacing function so if we select two objects, we select this blue box here and for example the picture which should be relative to the blue box and we say we want to have a spacing of for example 15 mm we can then click on this one here, and this moves the picture up a little bit. If we want to have those 15 mm for all of our pictures we again select those an press this button to set this pictures here also at the height. If we then wan't to have the text boxes also 15 mm away from the pictures here we can't really do this using those functions here, so there is a workaround. Let's zoom in. We can then create a empty box like this let's give this one a fancy color that we don't miss this one. And if we then take a look at the height we can set in here 15 mm. And as we have the snapping activated (the smart guides) we can easily align those things. And we move this up like this. Now we can take the box to the other columns as well. The last really useful thing are guides and you can just pull them out like this and you can align objects to those guide lines as well. You can also take those from the sides. To do this you need to have those rulers activated and you find those under view and here you can show and hide the rulers. Also you should be aware that those guides can be placed on different layers and you also can lock those if you want to. If you don't want to use those technique with those boxes for the pictures over here you also can use guides. With the guides you can do this trick with the spacing as well so you would be able to get the 15 mm distance from your pictures to your boxes right here. So using those guides and all the other features I showed you as well as the predefined columns we have it's a really easy task to get a nice layout within InDesign. This takes some practice and there are several ways of doing things just try out the different tools I showed you and select the ones which work best for you. Also let me quickly point out that we converted a lot of the text to bullet points as well to give this poster a better structure. While the layout was already finalised we still were working on this poster as you can see on the next version. And we changed some pictures and some text. However the layout did stay roughly the same. However we added some conclusions down here, you see the bar, the "Fazit". And this pushed down our partners and the QR codes quite a bit however I didn't want to do all the things again with the layout because it'S already quite tight with the space and not much space left. So if we take a look with the next version you see that we just extended the space of the page a little bit. So I will show you this as well. And the idea here is, if you take the page or the poster you printed you can just print it on the same size but then you just make it a little bit smaller and you cut away the rest of the paper which isn't printed. So this way the poster will have the same size, it will still fit on a normal poster wall but is a little bit narrower, but no one will notice these few centimetres and you still keep your nice layout. So this is kind of an emergency solution, so let's see how we are doing this. If we take a look at this poster right now, you see that we have a lot of stuff down here, which is really on the edge of the poster because we added this little information down here and this pushed the layout of the rest down to the edge of the paper. You could now go ahead and change all the layout again and smash things more together but instead you can also just increase the size of the spread. So to do this you would go under *File* -> *Document Setup* and in here for example were just going to ad 10 more cm on the height of this document. We click on ok and you see it has added those things. This is a little bit to much, but just in principle you would now also go ahead and unlock all layers and now you can go ahead and select all of those things and then we move this up step by step so we have it in the centre. Something like this should be fine. And now we can reduce the size of the spread a little bit more that we don't have so much empty space right here. So maybe something like 5 cm less should work fine. Yes, even a little bit less, but you get the idea how to get the spread into the right size. So now the poster is finished and we can go into InDesign again and I show you how to print this. I should really recommend if you print any thing, make sure that you go to the printer or printing service ant your university and talk with them which settings they really want. Those settings I show you here are kind of some general setting which should work but the best idea is to really talk with the guys who will print your poster. We have here our final poster and now it's time to export this for print. You can go on *File* -> *Adobe PDF presets. * and select high quality print. We select a destination where we want to save our document. We click on Save. And in here you can set a lot of things. A really important thing is in the compression tab, you really want to make sure that the pictures have a high resolution. So 300 could be fine, you could also push this one to 600, but it shouldn't be less than 300. With the Bleed settings you don't need to play around so much. The color conversion kind of depends on what the people at your University are suggestion or the people who print your poster. If they don't really know which color profile to use or if they do ignore the color profile you can just leave it as it is. In advanced you can set that all the fonts will be embedded in the PDF as well. Security and Summary we don't need to do anything, so you can keep this basically as it is. So high quality print is the setting you want to choose. We click on export. And it takes some time, you see over here that it's working. And there we have our final PDF. You should take a good look at it again and see that everything looks fine all the pictures have a good resolution and so on. And then you can give this away to your printer. It might also be a good idea to make a print with your local laser printer at your department just to give you an idea what the colors might look like. THis however does not represent the actual colors of your poster. All right I hope you enjoyed this course and it was really helpful for you. If you were missing some information or have any questions make sure to post them in the comments below. I really hope you might give me some feedback and say what you like or didn't like about this course. Until next time see you bye bye! And have fun with your posters!.
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BIMBI IROM: We're goingto do a peer review workshop, all right? Not peer-- review workshopof scientific posters, OK? And we're going to use the samerubric that's there for you, for your work. They were dividedinto groups, and they had to make aposter presentation of on a scientific topic. And they had to describe theprocess for a lay audience and why that posterwas important, or why the processwas important. So on that particularday, we used that as a workshop for them todo a peer review of posters that I brought in from outside. We put up the posterand the rubric together, and each group hadto judge the poster. You have to assign a number-- anumerical grade assessment, OK? For each category. You look at the headings. You look at the spacing. You look at the[? statistics. ?] You look at the color schema. You look at the clarityof the information. You look at how the posterwas structured in such a way that the reader couldeasily go from step one, to two, to three,to four, to five. And if that wasn'thappening, then they had to offer a critique. And they had to givea justification. So it was important, too, forthem to pay attention and say, OK. Why are we, as a group, givingposter number 1 a 5 out of 10, in terms of aesthetics, orcolor schema, or spacing, or structure? The point was thatthey would take away the lessons of theworkshop or the peer review back to when theyare actually starting to design those posters. And the interestingthing was that this was the same rubric thatwas going to be used for the assignment, itself. So they had tolook at the poster through the lens ofthe rubric, right? So it kind of forces them toengage with the rubric itself, and see what is it thatI, as the instructor, am asking them to do. And it's one way ofdoing it stealthily. Because if you ask themto read the rubric, I would assume not manypeople would actually sit down and read the rubric,until their grades are bad. Right? And then they comerunning back to you and say, why did I get this? Or why did I receivethis grade, that grade? So it was serving acouple of purposes-- one, engaging with the tech itself,making them use the tech productively, makingthem use the rubric, making them pay attentionto what I was looking for, and so that they can stepup their game, so to say.
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.
Table 1 lists courses we were able to identifyamong the top-ranked MD (research), DNP, and PharmD programs that offered medical communicationsas a main focus and also those that mentioned discussion of advanced topics related to publicationpractices. Rankings are according to US News & WorldReport. The course names and their respective schoolsare provided in the Table. For more information on how “main focus”was defined and the limitations of this analysis, refer to our full poster. We identified a total of 65 possibly-relatedmedical communications courses among 27 MD, 17 DNP, and 13 PharmD programs. The 9 courses listed here were taken fromthe 38 courses we were able to categorize. 6 courses had a main focus on medical communications,whereas 8 courses specifically mentioned advanced topics related to publication practices, suchas journal publication decisions, journal and audience selection, authorship guidelines,writing challenges, critiquing one’s own and others’ writing, plagiarism, and professionalstandards. Unfortunately we did not find any mentionof publication practice guidelines and the courses did not seem to follow any standardformat. To learn about the rest of our analyses andour conclusions, watch our other videos and view our full poster.
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