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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

Poster Presentations

Aly Magleby

March 7, 2008

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

Title

Authors

EE

U

???

purpose3
Purpose

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

  • Summarizing Work
  • Advertising Accomplishments
  • Starting Conversations
poster design
Poster Design
  • Focused
    • specific message
  • Graphic
    • shown graphically
  • Ordered
    • organized clearly
focused
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
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
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
graphic
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
ordered
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
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
creating a poster
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
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
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
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
Handouts
  • Include:
    • Information on poster
    • Additional details
    • Contact information

EE

U

Title

Authors

other resources
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
References
  • www.ncsu.edu/project/posters
  • http://www.ece.utah.edu/~cfurse/CLEAR/writing/index.htm
handouts to make for cindy s
Handouts to make for Cindy’s
  • Graphics printer instructions
  • Quick reference?
  • 60-sec eval?
  • Slides
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