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Poster Presentations Aly Magleby March 7, 2008 Purpose What is the point of doing a poster presentation??? Title Authors EE U ??? Purpose To visually communicate your message to as many people as possible by: Summarizing Work Advertising Accomplishments Starting Conversations

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Poster Presentations

Aly Magleby

March 7, 2008


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Purpose

  • What is the point of doing a poster presentation???

Title

Authors

EE

U

???


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Purpose

To visually communicate your message to as many people as possible by:

  • Summarizing Work

  • Advertising Accomplishments

  • Starting Conversations


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Poster Design

  • Focused

    • specific message

  • Graphic

    • shown graphically

  • Ordered

    • organized clearly


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Focused

  • What is the most important message for your audience to walk away with?

    • Support message with images and text

    • Describe necessary details using short blocks of text

  • Avoid:

    • probably, perhaps, may, might

    • jargon and acronyms—use plain language

  • Simple sticks, details distract!


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Content

  • Introduction (qualitative):

    • What is the problem and why is it important?

    • How does it relate to the big picture?

  • Objectives/Methods:

    • What was your goal?

    • How did you accomplish it? (brief unless introducing a new method!)

  • Results/Discussion:

    • Include plots, graphs, tables, figures, etc.

    • Explain, analyze, interpret results—What do they show?

  • Conclusion (quantitative):

    • Summarize project—How is the problem solved?

    • What do you recommend—How does this relate to the big picture?


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Headings

  • Summarize

    • State interesting results explicitly in titles and headings

  • Organize

    • Break into logical sections

  • Show Importance

    • Use larger fonts (at least 36 pt)

  • Make Strong Statements

    • “X Improved Y” rather than “Effect of X on Y”


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Do:

Use active voice

Left-justify

Use serif font (such as Times New Roman)

Use light background, dark letters

Use language your audience will understand

Use IEEE Format for captions and references

Don’t:

Use large blocks of text or full sentences (if presenting in person)

Use font smaller than 24 pt

Use overly bright colors

Use more than 3 colors applied randomly

Text


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Graphic

  • Shows message using graphical terms

  • All elements easily visible from 4 ft away

  • Title, headings and graphics clearly explain key points (not just results) in large font (36 pt)

  • Details in small font (no less than 24 pt)

  • Balance text and graphics symmetrically (vertical, horizontal, diagonal)


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Figures/Tables

Quickly communicate relationships

Clean and simple

Include explanations rather than referencing elsewhere

Label font no smaller than regular text

Matlab Commands:

set(0,'DefaultAxesFontSize',24)

set(0,'DefaultLineLineWidth',2)

set(0,'DefaultTextFontSize',24)

Graphic


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Graphic

  • Related photos/art

    • help convey the message

    • attract attention


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Ordered

  • Visual grammar:

    • Graphic organization makes key points easily identifiable

  • Top to bottom, left to right (in US):

    • Easy to read in a crowd and natural flow for reader

  • Organizational cues:

    • Shapes, letters or numbers to assist in poster navigation


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Examples:

  • From: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/DefineMessageAlternatives.html


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Examples

  • From: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/DefineMessageAlternatives.html


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Creating a Poster

  • To make full poster in ppt, go to:

    • File  Page Setup

    • change Slides sized for  Custom

    • Set Width: 36 in and Height: 48 in (or set to size to match board)


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Tips and Hints

  • No amount of flair can make up for poor content

  • You will be provided with Velcro to attach your poster to the board

    And remember….

=

1,000 words!


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Printing Your Poster

  • Put money on your student card

  • Contact the TA

  • Meet him/her at MEB 2265

  • Bring your poster file on a thumb drive or cd

  • Follow directions on handout


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Presenting

  • Arrive early

  • Set up poster and put out handouts

  • Be able to explain in varying time limits (0.5, 2, 5 min) to people milling around

  • Explain:

    • Context

    • Objective

    • Results/Discussion

    • Conclusions

  • Remember, poster is a visual aid!


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Handouts

  • Include:

    • Information on poster

    • Additional details

    • Contact information

EE

U

Title

Authors


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Other Resources

  • “Poster Sessions: A guide to their use at meetings and conferences: for presenters and organizer” call # HF5549.5 C6 S55 1984

  • http://uuhsc.utah.edu/mis/ppt.html

  • http://www.ugs.utah.edu/urop/ucur/guidelines.htm

  • http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/

  • http://lorien.ncl.ac.uk/ming/Dept/Tips/present/posters.htm

  • http://www.biology.lsa.umich.edu/research/labs/ktosney/file/PostersHome.html

  • http://makesigns.com/

  • http://www.psichi.org/conventions/tips.asp

  • http://www.ucomm.utah.edu/logos/downloads.html


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References

  • www.ncsu.edu/project/posters

  • http://www.ece.utah.edu/~cfurse/CLEAR/writing/index.htm


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Handouts to make for Cindy’s

  • Graphics printer instructions

  • Quick reference?

  • 60-sec eval?

  • Slides


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