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
Poster Design • Focused • specific message • Graphic • shown graphically • Ordered • organized clearly
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!
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?
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”
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
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)
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
Graphic • Related photos/art • help convey the message • attract attention
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
Examples: • From: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/DefineMessageAlternatives.html
Examples • From: http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters/NewSite/DefineMessageAlternatives.html
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)
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!
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
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!
Handouts • Include: • Information on poster • Additional details • Contact information EE U Title Authors
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
References • www.ncsu.edu/project/posters • http://www.ece.utah.edu/~cfurse/CLEAR/writing/index.htm
Handouts to make for Cindy’s • Graphics printer instructions • Quick reference? • 60-sec eval? • Slides