I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of academic poster presentations; however, I did submit to one at Salford last year. It was an internal college ‘showcase’ event.
I wanted to do something a bit out of the ordinary and come up with a poster that would catch the eye a bit. I wanted to challenge perceptions of what a poster presentation should be. I thought about the purpose of the presentation. Is it to impart information? Is it to sell the idea of your research? Do you want to give an audience everything at once or do you want to hook them in and tempt them to discuss it with you, rather than just reading about it? Looking back to last June when I did this, they all seem to be quite grand aspirations I’d had at the time, don’t you think? ;-)
I asked a friend of mine to help me with the design because this is his trade; I learned quite a lot from him. I met him a long time ago and was always impressed with his talent and because art and design has rarely been a strength of mine. Anyhow, the design we settled on and submitted is below. What do you think?
I really liked it and still do, but the response it got at the event was distinctly underwhelming and never really provoked the kind of discussion that I hoped it would. Anyway, I dug it out again recently and wanted to post it here because I think it’s a shame to work hard on something and invest hope in it, only for it to be consigned to the backwaters of an old folder on a memory stick. I was disappointed that it never got the response I hoped for in the sense of encouraging discussion around innovative and perhaps even radical ways of engaging people in complex academic material. But, I was glad to have tried something different and gained the feedback, or lack of, that that kind of experience brings.