Monday, June 04, 2007

Posters & procrastination

While grading assignments this morning I was lamenting (on the inside) the number of students who have yet to submit a significant amount of work for a project due next Friday. As I placed, and replaced, images and text to a poster presentation this afternoon, I admit I appreciated the subtle irony of personal procrastination for a task with a self-imposed due date of Wednesday afternoon. Some things just never change.

Poster Update: I am three-quarters finished with my library blog poster presentation and have finished both poster headers (1 ft by 8 ft). I enjoy creating poster sessions, but freely admit to spending an inordinate amount of time determining color palette, graphic placement, and visual literacy elements. Poster sessions are a visual medium, but content should not be deemed a secondary character in the story being displayed. To prepare for content I developed a detailed outline from my session abstract and will be able to insert text tomorrow with some ease. Piecing together the poster I am finding the challenge is viewing the whole project (3 ft by 8 ft sans header) on screen for placement and at 25% to inspect individual pieces and parts. Which is better, the forest or the trees?

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Karin Dalziel said...

Wow, I had no idea the poster would be so large! Are they all that big?

Lynn said...

The poster guidelines detail that poster board surfaces are "four (4) feet hight by eight (8) feet wide, (and) this can vary by six inches depending on the conference site."

While we are not specifically required to fill the entire space, I found it was pretty much the norm. Last year I did four 24 X 36 individual posters and placed them as window panes on the supplied board. I am not sure that visually speaking it was a better option, time will tell, but it was easier.

Karin Dalziel said...

I'll try to find you at Annual, but I'll probably spend most of my time lost. :)