Last Friday, the TCD-LATAM-sponsored Field Research Clinic took place in the gorgeous domains of Smathers Library at UF. Students who have returned from the field presented on their results in a poster-session type of event. There were well over 100 people including close to 30 faculty/staff/visiting scholars and the variety of themes covered was stimulating.
I figured that this was my chance to try-out a new poster design that I've been thinking about. After all, you will hardly ever see a more suitable crowd than the TCD community to bounce-off new ideas.
The poster was composed of three main areas:
The concept behind the design of this poster was to re-organize the information that I would generally put (Introduction, hypothesis, methods, results, and discussion) so that the main piece of information was right at the center with very few words. If the reader was interested, then he/she could move their attention to other parts of the poster (i.e., Introduction and main questions). Some poster sections were left out (Methods and the classic discussion section). I wanted to bring out a notion that a wonderful professor once told me "posters are about having people to talk to you".
Overall, the experiment was a success. Most importantly, I got wonderful ideas and comments that people wrote down on my poster. I was surrounded with smart people who had lots of different experiences and I'm happy the poster was able to capitalise on that. I was also fortunate enough to win a prize, so thanks TCD-LATAM!
I also want to acknowledge TCD and The Rufford Small Grant foundation for their support of my research.
There are a few things I need to remember for next time:
Next steps? I'll try this design at a larger meeting and see what happens. Stay tuned!