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The conference where your poster is going to be presented, is a great opportunity to find collaboration for multidisciplinary approaches.
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Hello every one, today we will be discussing which program to use to make scientific posters. You don't have much choice here, but I see frequently people screwing this up. Let's go over potential programs that people are frequently using. First we have normal powerpoint, you can also get this fro free if you use Open office, LibreOffice or StarOffice. and then we have three Adobe programs. We have Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. So which program should you use? Well actually powerpoint is not that bad most people are already familiar with powerpoint. And if you create a big spread in the beginning you can align all your objects on the spread and it's quite simple to use. So if you don't have much time for your poster and you want to have still a decent poster it's totally fine to use powerpoint. However as powerpoint is not supporting any vector graphics you should make sure that all your pictures are really big and have a heigh resolution (dpi). If people are interested I will also make a tutorial and show you how to use powerpoint to make your poster. Then we have the other three programs from Adobe. Let's talk about the obvious bad choice here this is of cause photoshop. As the name says it's fro photos and we want to make a poster. And the problem with photoshop is that it is pixel based so you would need to put out the actual poster for print in a very big resolution to get it to print nicely. Also photoshop doesn't support text very well. So for a movie poster photoshop is very nice but for a scientific poster with quite some text and some lines and figures and so on photoshop should never be considered for making a poster. Then we are left with InDesign and illustrator. And quite often people use Illustrator. And to be honest, that is not a very bad choice however we have some specific problems with illustrator. First wen don't have spelling correction. And then also some text features with text kerning, so the spacing between letters and things like that so the really fine detailed things are not very well implemented into illustrator. Also if you want to use boxes with rounded corners as it is used on posters quite often Illustrator has some problems if you resize the boxes. So if you pay attention when looking at some posters you can really tell if people made those with illustrator and just dragged the boxes to resize them and there where screwing up the corners. So why should you use InDesign then? Well InDesign works pretty much like powerpoint. You have a big spread where you can place things on. Also InDesign is very well made for text because it's made basically for print media like magazines and newspapers. And the really nice thing about InDesign is that it does integrate very well with illustrator and photoshop as well. So inDesign it self gives you the very nice text function and very nice boxes that look very well on posters. Also very nice features to align your elements on the poster it self. Because it's a layout program for print, that's exactly what we need. And the big trick with InDesign is that you can take your illustrator file, so lets say we have made a figure or flowchart. Vector based of cause so it prints nicely. We put it into InDesign and then it actually gets linked so now we have a complex figure in InDesign it self that we would normally make with illustrator, which we actually did. And if we now want to change something in this figure, we can just open the *. Ai document in illustrator and make our changes and this will be updated in InDesign automatically. The same thing goes for pictures that we make with photoshop. This way our main document is not very cluttered and it's still very very easy to work with. If you would do the same thing in illustrator we would get the problem that we would have all of our graphics in one document and this can get very messed up with different layers and so on, so we don't want to do that. So I highly recommend using InDesign and if you don't have much time and you are more familiar with powerpoint there is also nothing wrong with using powerpoint. Sure you can till use illustrator but I think inDesign has some key advantages above illustrator and pleas never try to use photoshop to make a complete poster. So it's very simple; InDesign for the layout, illustrator as the name is telling you only for illustrations and photoshop only for photos. If you keep those things in mid (almost) nothing can go wrong with your poster.
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All right every one, before we get started designing ur own poster with InDesign I want to show you some posters I made over the years in my studies as a biologist. Here we go with the posters. The poster you see here is the very first poster I made and this is really just this typical wall of text that you see so often. Every one just tries to get as much information on the poster as they can but on a conference no one will stand in front on a poster and read it for 10 minutes. Also you see here that the edge to the border of the paper is not very big. So, actually when I printed this thing and put it into the frame on the wall of our department it was cutting some text on the edges, because the frame was overlapping. So make sure you have also some distance from your text and the border. Also make sure that the color is really emphasizing something important. In this case here the color is emphasizing on something that is more background information and not really your own result. But your poster, it's your poster / your research and you should pitch your results to the person who is looking at your poster, and not some "boring" background information. The next poster was part of my bachelor thesis. As you can see in this poster, putting boxes around your text can give your poster a little bit more structure. However the layout on this poster is still very tight, there is not a lot of (free) space. And if you look clotser you will spot some small arrows that are pointing to the next box you should read. If your poster layout needs arrows to give the reader a guide which panel to read next, your layout is probably not very good. So the poster should have a natural flow and should be self explaining which way it should be read. I also think text wise this is still a little bit to much and you should cut down on the information. Here you see a poster from my bachelor thesis again. this one I made a few years later as part of an English course. And as you can see here, the amount of text is a lot less and also the bars on the side give the poster a nice structure and flow. So it's not confusing, you know where to start reading and which way to go. Actually I stole this poster idea pretty much from another poster. But thats not a big problem, because I think design is always redesign. Look at some posters and get inspired and just take the best parts from each poster for your own poster. At the end of the day, it wont look one to one the same you always will have your own style a little bit in there. I also want to point out that you have a picture of your organism which is always nice, because people might not be familiar with the organism in this case its some fungi on the anthers of the flower (the black dust). And then in the material and methods, you have a nice flow chart which makes it really easy to explain to your viewers what you actually did. And then the most emphasize is of cause on your results. And also the graph here is keep very very simple. And you have a map, which shows some population structure. So with a poster like this, it's really easy to explain the results of your work. This poster I made in my time in Sweden in a group project with some other people where we were working on sustainability. And actually I really like this poster because its very simple. We brought this poster to a conference and it was really nice to discuss the poster in front of people because you have only very little text and a few pictures so it's not overwhelming, it's very clear. And you can point out the important thing of your project very well with the pictures. So it's easy to pitch the main idea to the people who are interested in your poster. Whoever this really depends on the topic you want to present because if you have some scientific experiments and things like this you also need to include some background information and material and methods things. So in this case it was just a (small) project we were working on, not so much data more like a concept on a project that could be implemented in schools to get kids reconnected to nature. This next poster is also a little bit unconventional. This one is about a concept in developed for sustainability to visualise the main idea of sustainability in another way. I actually never had the chance to show this off somewhere but I think still it's a nice layout, because it's not your traditional layout in columns. I mean columns give you a very nice structure. But if we see this poster compared to your standard posters on a conference I'm pretty confident that people get interested in the poster because it just looks different, it stands out. And standing out should also be a goal of your poster to get people interested. However this is kind of a difficult thing because it is scientific data you can't do it like this most of the time. This is more like a louse concept and you don't have the typical structure of your normal poster. But maybe keep in mind that you should have one eye catching element on you poster, even if it's traditionally organised. I always like to look at some info-graphics on the web. So if you do a quick search on google for info-graphics, you will find a lot of them. The funny thing about info-graphics is, they also present some information to you but usually people really like to read them, because they are prepared in a nice visual way. And this is incredibly difficult to really make also with your scientific data because scientific data is a lot of the times very complex. But if you manage to break down your data and make it even a little bit like a info-graphic, I think it will look very nice. So you could set your goal to make an poster that looks like an info-graphic, or even a movie poster or an ad. And if you keep those ideas and concepts in mind, while you're making your poster you poster hopefully will not look like an info-graphic but it also won't look like a boring poster with a lot of text in it. So it really is something in between which which I think is very appropriate for a scientific poster. So it will be visible in the mass of posters you find on conferences but it won't right jump at you in a very negative "too manny colors" way. This one is the latest poster I made, and I had it on two conferences in 2012. And one one I actually won a poster prize YAAAY! ; ) This one is presenting the results of my master thesis. And as you can see here, I have basically two main figures with the results so you really want to cut down on your results, and only show the most important key things. And other than that, it's a pretty standard poster with a two column layout and with a eye catching Dinocras cephalotes, the organism I worked with, on the side here. Also notice again, we have a flow chart for our methods. And one thing I like, the main question and some key conclusions so if someone walks by your poster, he can read the question; what was the goal of the research and then the conclusions what did they find out. And then decide if they are interested in reading the poster further. What is maybe bad about the poster that it's a little bit clouded, could be a little bit less text a little bit more free space and also not every one might be a big fan of the colorfulness of this poster. So with colors it's kind of up to you which colors you like. But don't overdo it with to much colors keep it very consistent with the layout and also the text, don't mix to much stuff. Actually the secret, why I think I won did win poster prize is on the corner right here. I made a video for the poster, so people could take their smartphones and scan the little QR code down here to see a 3 minute video presentation about my work. And if you want to take a look at the video you can click on the poster right now to see that video. And actually as you are watching this video almost to the end, I shall give you another great tip how to win a poster prize. I went to two conferences where this hapend, it's quite funny. Because if you build a moddel of your organism this sounds very stupid, but like build an insect out of some paper or what ever and have it this size and just put it on your poster. Because this really helps your poster to stand out and on two conferences people who did this actually won a poster prize. So even if you don't study biology if you study physics or what not, you could build the star that you are working on of you could build a little house if you are an architect. just something that is sitting in front of your poster and this will really help your poster to stand out and I would say very likely help you win a poster prize. So if you are building something like this, make sure to send me a picture and tell me how it went on the conference. However, don't get to excited, don't get especially your hopes to high for conferences. Sometimes it really can happen that no one cares about your poste ror your topic and you just sit there for two hours and no one is talking to you. this pretty much hapend to one of my posters but then on the next conference I got a prize for it. But don't focus to much on those things, make a great poster because you enjoi doing it and because you think its fun to have a nice looking poster. All right I hope I was able to give you dome do's and dont's. We now going to get into much more detail when we are making the poster and I will point out all the little things you should take good care of. I have chosen to make a poster about how to make a poster, because I think this will help me personally to keep it to 300 words and tell you only the key things that you should really watch out for when you are making your poster. Because I could stay here for one more hour and tell you all the little details but in the end it's really important that the key points on your poster are right. However, I will also if I make a poster about scientific things, about my research again I will also talk about this a little bit more, so that you can also see what it is like to make a scientific poster about your research project. Because I think making a poster about your research, it's a little bit more difficult than making a poster about some arbitrary topic like "how to make a poster" or "what color is the sun" or what ever. So you can click here to go to the next step and there we will open up InDesign and start making our poster. However I really hope you have watched the first video, you can watch it here and check that you have checked of all points in the "What to do before making a poster" check list in the introductory video. So, let's get started!.
The scientific poster needs to begripping so you have to focus on what your key message is and make sure youput that clearly in your title. The key message or the key tips that I would give is to really pay attention not to have unnecessary words on theposter. Minimise the text, focus on the graphics, and introduce graphics that areeasy to understand. So you clearly want to have one graphic, for example, which outlines the design of the study, the methodology that you're utilising andthen followed of course by graphics that convey the scientific results. You alsoneed to have some text that describes the main conclusions from your projectand the take-home messages. The take-home messages need to be clearly visualised and clearly described for them to be taken up by your listeners. In additionto this when you're presenting your poster to a listener you want to makesure that you assess the expertise level of your listener, so that youcan tailor your delivery to the person that's standing in front of you. Youdon't want to give the same level of details, for example, to somebody whoalready knows a bit about the topic because you will disinterest him and atthe same time for somebody who is completely unaware of the research areayou're in, you need to provide a little bit more explanation so that they'reable to follow the work that you've carried out. So often the most excitingscience because it's unpublished is covered in posters.
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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