edc_2011_28 - Chapter 28 Poster Presentations CHAPTER 28...

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Chapter 28: Poster Presentations 295 CHAPTER 28: POSTER PRESENTATIONS Chapter outline Designing the poster Layout –G r a p h i c s –T e x t Font size and style –C o l o r Preparing the poster presentation Planning the presentation Practicing the presentation Key guidelines for poster presentations Minimize the amount of text and make it big enough for viewers to read Emphasize graphics (photos and drawings) and make them easy to understand at a glance Arrange text and graphics so viewers can easily see the relationship between the design problem and solution Face viewers while speaking and project your voice Point to the poster or prototype when you want to call attention to important features
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Chapter 28: Poster Presentations 296 EDC project fairs can last several hours, during which time you may be asked to give your poster presentation many times. To ensure a successful presenta- tion, make the poster visually compelling and have team members on hand to explain and answer questions about your project. Your poster and poster pre- sentation should work together to convey your main message. You want your audience to think, “That’s a great design and these are impressive students!” At the end of this chapter, you will find three sample posters. Each takes a dif- ferent approach to communicating the problem and solution, but they all fol- low “best practices” in poster design. If you design a poster for a Spring Quarter project with more technical material, you may use more text—and even tables and equations—than you will find on these examples. 28.1 DESIGNING THE POSTER Decide as a team the main message of your poster: the problem and your solu- tion. Boil those down to two sentences: one that defines the problem users have, and the other that highlights what you have designed—your design’s approach to solving the problem. Now decide what content the poster needs in order to communicate this mes- sage. Then consider secondary information. Next sketch the poster on a large sheet of easel paper. Visualize your poster in sections or panels that convey your main message. Use index cards or Post-it notes to sketch the graphics and accompanying text. Move these around the easel paper to determine what works best. You want the poster to have a clear, persuasive organization that conveys your message. Toward that end, orga- nize the various elements so that the solution clearly correlates with the prob-
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