A neuroscience poster is not a page from a scientific journal.
Below are some good examples of a poster. They are aligned to the right side of the page. Posters aligned to the left side of the page (also they have an orange, oblique text in the right upper corner) are bad examples of a poster!!!
design: www.thalamus.ro team & neuroscience blog team
A poster is made to present your work in a crowed room, with people with a coffe
in one hand, talking already to a colleague.
I said to him that i disagree because the images and the text must form a "solid" body, and the appearance of the poster must be visualisated as a whole. Also, it must be interesting, it has to borrow something from the media prints. This happens because it must be seen by the audience, before reading the text. Also, it must be attractive: a beatiful & interesting poster + an interesting research = full succes. "The old and dusty school poster" may contain an interesting work, but after seeing 50 or 150 poster in the same graphical manner ...you will forget it if you aren't very interested in the subject. A good poster, an interested public, a nice reserch work = they will remember it!!! and because of the poster appereance (a nice and interesting one) the discussion about your research will have a better starting point. (of course, if you don't find a "mad dog" who just looooooooves the "the old and dusty school poster").
A good poster talks about your work and about you. A good layout means respect for the public. (imagine a masterpiece in music played by a very bored violonist or by a bad guitar player - how would you feel? think about the ticket you payed! this is the same with a boring design). A white background has no effect, a good and interesting background may talk about you work from 20 metres, a distance where no title or text or image can speak. If the images and the text are composing "a story" about your research, the public will remember "the story" easier than they will remember a text in a border or the image in the left corner. A smart graphical layout will make a good impression about your work and about you. A blue polygon
Some critics may say that a "trendy" poster will distract the public's attention from the text or the idea. This is, in our oppinion, a great dissrespect for the poster viewers. We never believed that a graphyc element can distract so bad a researcher(is he a child?! is he suffering from a mental ilness?) !!!! But, because we alwais consider our audience at least as smart as us, a good looking poster will not have decorative ellements just to have it. A good poster has
decorative ellements that fit the idea of the research presented in the poster. They do not distract, they underline the idea! Some critics may say that the message will not be clear any more if the poster doesn't have the "the old and dusty school poster" look. Who said tha unattractive means clear?! Some critics may say that a simple design will enhance your work with more credibility, but who said that the lack of preocupation for the ideea you want to transmit means a good atitude. Flavourless means the lack of interest, not a scientific atitude!
Some critics may say that you are loosing the content for the look. But we think that the content determines the look. So, a good looking poster will not have less information than a boring one. It is very probable that in a boring poster you will find a boring research told by a bored researcher.
Our poster conception ideas:
The introduction, methods, results, conclusions, discussions, citations, acknowledgments, must be put in an easy to follow order. The main idea must be illustrated as a central point.
The background must have elements to enhance the main idea of the research work.
The separation of the areas must be done by graphical elements and gradients that sustain
the idea of the research. Borders have nothing to do with the idea of the poster, because all the areas in a poster are talking about the same research, so why borders? Images that sustain the research work or results must be highlighted not by using heavy contrast with the background, but by using the whole design of the poster, so all the ellements must be put in order to highlight this images. Monochromatic or bichromatic posters look cold, threechromatic are annoying. Gradients are beautiful!
You are telling about your work and about you! Make it alive, you scientist!
ps: fro those who still belive that "the old and dusty school poster" is good, look here! Two posters published by Nature Neuroscience Reviews (one of them design. Kirsten Lee, designer).
Neuroscience Bucharest Blog Team.