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Hello every one! Today we will continue working on our poster. And I would recommend if you have a department at your University to also take a look at posters that other people made. And especially take a look at the text sizes and pick a poster were you like the text size, and the spacing and the general layout. I would also recommend to take a ruler and actually measure the text size and also the distances between the objects. SO you can copy those exact sizes into InDesign. So now let's get started with the poster. For InDesign you need to figure out how big your poster should be. In this case we will make an A0 poster. You find the dimensions of the paper for example on wikipedia. I will have a link in the description below. Now let's go back to InDesign and in here we create a new document. This one should be of cause for print. In this case we don't need facing pages and one page is enough. The paper size should be A0 this is not in here, so we need to type in the values. Double check that those values are correct. Next we could set up the column but we will do this later. However the margins we can already set those up in here. Those will be the space between the actual poster and the space to the border of the paper. So in this case 25mm should be fine. If you are working with inches and things like that you can also write them in here and ad the uni inch. And InDesign will convert those automatically to your default unit. We can click on OK. And the first thing you want to do is to save this document. I always like to add a version one, version two and so on so I have always backups of the original files. We click on save. I have prepared as I have recommended in a video before a little draft. So we can import this in here. This is just a picture I took. Normally you don't need to import this but for you so you can follow along I will put it in here as well. So this is the basic layout of the poster. You see here I want to have a 3 column layout with the main projects. We also want to lock this layer and create a new one. And the poster itself if about the GeneStream project This will be a project were 4 PhD students will be working on to get their Dr degree. And I will be one of them. So the main goal of the poster is to introduce the project it self to show our project leader and also our project partners and give a little introduction. And then to introduce each project in quite some detail and also the person who is mainly working on this project. Then of cause we have a link to the website and acknowledgements. As we have a 3 column layout we should insert some lines in here. And we can do this under [Layout] -> [Margins and Columns. ] And in this case we would like to have 3 like this. And the gutter, so the spacing between those should be 2 cm. well, maybe 15 mm (spacing) is already enough. We can change those things later on. Click on OK. And here we have our basic layout. If you would have a more classical poster like this one here We actually would have a 5 column layout so those would be 2 columns and this one here 3 to give it a nice layout. In this case the materials and methods and the background should not take the main space of the poster this is more result oriented and for the discussion and conclusion. But in this case we will go with a 3 column layout. and we can start to insert a background. So we make sure that those are snapping nicely to the edges. In this case we have under [view] -> [grids and guides]. the smart guides activated, so this way everything snaps into place at certain ancerpoints. We can select this one here this is just a box. And we give in a nice color. Let's switch this one to RGB. And let's select maybe a nice blue. In this case this is for the border, so we switch it. So maybe something like this is fine for now. We can go to this layer and lock this one as well. And we put it for now into the background. Now we can add some text in here. So therefore we need a new layer. This will be our text layer, we put it on top. And we just start to drag out some text boxes. In this case this will be for the main headline. Then we will have a sub headline and also an area for the main authors. And also some contact information. Let's hide our draft for the moment and zoom in and write some text. For the headline I would recommend a text size of around 100-90 pt. And we change the font and we can make this bold. In this case I would increase the text size. This should be fine for now. At this point you don't need to vorry to much about this things. We can always change it later. Next we have this one here. In here you can add your authors. And you see now the font is changed again so to avoid this, we want a consistent fond across the whole poster. We should define a standard font in here. We click on the paragraph styles. Click on this one "NEW" and we name it "font". I'n this one we go on edit and go on basic character formats. And in here we set the font "myriad pro". Click on OK. And the headline, we can also create a new paragraph style for this one. Call this one headline. And if we go on edit we can make this one based on font. So it will always have the font that I set in the paragraph style "Font". For the authors and people to respond to maybe a text size of 50 pt is quite nice. Now I would think we should increase the size a little bit so all names do fit one here. Like this. And actually the Green on the Blue is not very nice to look at so let's change the color in here. We can double click on this and change the color for example to Red. Also you might want to change the names in here. So this will be our text Layer, and the rest is fine for now. Of cause we also want to define this one as a new paragraph style as well. Now we also need a sub headline. And for now this can be the same size. We will tweak those things later on. Let's arrange them how they would be on the final poster more or less. And over here there should be a small logo. So we put a box as a placeholder in here as well. And for figures and logos you should always use a separate layer, to keep everything organised. Like this. And if you want to move something to a new Layer, just drag an drop. Yes, this is unfortunately Green again. So we double click and change the color on this as well. We can also place a placeholder in here for a little university logo. Let's increase the size again. And now we need to redefine the style. This way the changes are applied to this paragraph style. If we now take a look at our draft we see that we have kind of a figure in here and also we want to have a small abstract. So in this case we can hide it again. And we first going to create a new layer and this one will be for text boxes. And this one can stay Green. So now we're going to create a basic text box. This will be for the introduction. And you might want to give this one another color. For example a nice orange to make it more visible. We can change all of those things later on. And for now we don't have a border. The really nice thing about InDesign is that you can give boxes very nice corners. So in here we can for example set 15 mm and we change the corner style of the box to round. This way it does get round corners on each side. Let's take a look at this in preview. Maybe we can increase this to 20 mm also. But those are details you can always change later on. Next we want to have our placeholder. This will be the pyramid thing That we put in here, a picture like this. Of cause we should move this one to the figures layer. Actually let's change the color of this one to maybe a dark Blue, jup. Next we can copy this one here. And have some informations about the project coordinator. And we can give this one maybe a nice blue. That is a little bit darker than the background. Maybe like this. Of cause you should make sure it is in text boxes. On the side there will be more information about the project it self. So some ext saying that we have 4 PhD projects and that they will be explained below and that all projects are quite interconnected. Next we can place our projects. By the way I am copying those things by pressing [ALT] when I drop it. And we can just give this one a nice size. We need some space down here for later. But this should be fine for now. Below here we need another text box. This one will be for the project website. And then we need another box for acknowledgements and all the project partners. Let's also add some space for pictures. We go to the Figure / Logos layer. And in here we just drag out some boxes. So here I would take a picture of every person that is responsible. And also we want to have nice picture for each project. We should make sure that those have a good size, so the border between the picture it self and the side of this box should be 10 mm, so let's zoom in in here. And we make sure that this one is right aligned, so it has the right size. So this is the width. And we're going to copy this and subtract 20 mm So instead of a 5 we have here 3. Now this box has the right size. We can now centre it in the middle. This is done by smart guides. And here we will have our picture in the end. We can also copy this one. The only thing that is missing now is the main text and to enter those you could do two things you can select the type tool and clicking one of those frames, to convert ti to an object where you can type in. However we're not going to do this right now. Instead we're going to switch the layer to text. And in this case we will drag a new text box above this layer. Because if we type in here the rounded corners will screw up our text layout. So we create a new text box and have this one on top. We don't need to worry to much about the alignment at this point. However what I would do now is go on text frame options and in here put a spacing of 10 mm on each side. Like this. And in here we will have our abstract. So the headline for example should be maybe the same size for now as our main authors. And then the basic text should be around 30 pt. In this case we're going to create a new style and call this one "basic text". We can now copy this one for all our boxes. I will take now some time to do some fine tuning and to add some text. You can add pictures, by just selecting them and dragging them into InDesign. Just click and hold to give it the right size. We can also put pictures directly into empty boxes. Like this. If you want to resize or manipulate the fitting of the pictures you can do this with those things here. Resizing it self can be done by double clicking in here and now you see it's Yellow around and by holding the shift key you will make sure that you don't change the proportions of the picture. All right I will do some layout stuff and we see us back in a few minutes. I find it always difficult to get the colors right so a good trick is to go to google docs and in here you have very nice colors. And we're going to take a screen shot of this we press [cmd]+[Shift]+ and we can select just these colors here. And then drop them into InDesign. We can put them on the side and select a nice color using the eye dropper tool. So we have here a nicer blue. We can also add some layout guides, but we want to put those on a separate layer. Let's call this one guides. And now we can from here just drag them down like this. And we clock them. This way we can align our objects on the same height. Like this. You might want to change the distances from the headlines and the normal text, and we can do this over here. We can maybe set this one to 7 mmm. like this. Or maybe 5 mm is already enough. And we want to redefine this over here. All right, here the basic layout is done. And now it's time to push this first idea to the other people who are working on this poster and to get some feedback and also some more text in it. I have changed some things. I did set the roundness on these boxes to 15 mm. And I also added some paragraph styles, some new ones for the figure descriptions. This one has the text size 24 pt. I will keep worrying on this poster and I will show you further results in one of the next videos. So you can click here and watch that video. Bye bye.
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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.
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!.
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.
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