Self-Guided Class: Poster Design for Scientists

"Self-Guided Class: Poster Design for Scientists" table of contents

  1. Self-Guided Class: Poster Design for Scientists
  2. Part 1: What You'll Need
  3. Part 2: The Real Purpose of Your Academic Poster
  4. Part 3: Getting Started with the Software
  5. Part 4: Planning Your Poster Layout
  6. Part 5: Designing your wireframe
  7. Part 6: Your Figures
  8. Part 7: Your Words
  9. Part 8: Exercise 6: Text and color in your own poster
  10. Part 9: Final Tweaks to Your Poster
  11. Part 10: Make your poster interactive
  12. Part 11: Sending it to Print
  13. Part 12: Preparing for the Presentation
  14. Part 13: What’s Next?

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Salutations to you, distinguished researcher. So, you’ve got a scientific conference coming up where you have to present a poster. Or maybe you just want to know how to put together a scientific poster the right way. Well, good luck has shone down on you, as you have stumbled upon SciFund Challenge’s guide to creating science posters. After going through the material here, you’ll have learned how to put together a fantastic poster. This guide assumes that you have no knowledge in either the layout or layout software department – we’ll walk you through all of it, step by step.

The length of time that it will take you to complete this guide will obviously depend on your circumstances. However we can roughly estimate that it would probably take you between 10-15 hours to complete all of the exercises here.

By the way, this guide was adapted from a course on scientific poster design that SciFund Challenge teaches. The material for the course was co-developed by Zen Faulkes, nueroethologist to the stars at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. You owe it to yourself to check him out on Twitter and on Better Posters (his fabulous blog on academic poster design).

And, we’re off to the races!

"Self-Guided Class: Poster Design for Scientists" table of contents

  1. Self-Guided Class: Poster Design for Scientists
  2. Part 1: What You'll Need
  3. Part 2: The Real Purpose of Your Academic Poster
  4. Part 3: Getting Started with the Software
  5. Part 4: Planning Your Poster Layout
  6. Part 5: Designing your wireframe
  7. Part 6: Your Figures
  8. Part 7: Your Words
  9. Part 8: Exercise 6: Text and color in your own poster
  10. Part 9: Final Tweaks to Your Poster
  11. Part 10: Make your poster interactive
  12. Part 11: Sending it to Print
  13. Part 12: Preparing for the Presentation
  14. Part 13: What’s Next?