Creating Research Posters

Learning Objectives

  • Learn what a research poster is, and why you might want to create one
  • Explore print layout principles and how they relate to creating effective research posters
  • Learn how to create and lay out a poster in a number of different programs, including PowerPoint, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Understand what needs to be taken into consideration when printing a poster on a plotter
  • Learn how to ensure your poster looks its best when printing

Prerequisite Skills

  • Basic computer skills, including how to use a keyboard and a mouse

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Introduction to Research Posters

Description of the following video:

>> Beth: Hello, everyone! I'm Beth.
>> Peter: And I'm Peter. We're with IT Training at Indiana University and we're going to help you get started with learning about research posters. Other videos in this series will address poster design and making posters with different applications.
>> Beth: Research posters are an interesting way to help you share your research with others.

You can present them alongside a talk or on their own in an academic conference.
>> Peter: That does sound like it could be useful.
>> Peter: But, Beth, what exactly is a research poster? It sounds like it's going to be a lot more work.
>> Beth: Actually, making them is pretty easy.

There are two main things that make a research poster.
>> Beth: Just images and text. So, the text that's on your research poster is typically a condensed version of a paper or report and that text often falls under the following headings. So, we have a title that introduces the topic of the poster.

An introduction to what's going to be discussed. Materials and methods. Results. Conclusions and references.
>> Peter: OK, cool. So, you also mentioned images. What kind of images are included in a research poster?
>> Beth: Well, anything that's going to help you tell the story of your research are the kinds of images that you're going to want to include.

>> Beth: So, graphs to illustrate data, photos that relate to research, and then other images that you might need to use to help tell people the story of your research.
>> Peter: OK, Sounds easy enough. So what do we need to get started because I have information about cats playing video games that the world needs to know about!

>> Beth: And that's great!
>> Beth: Research posters can highlight all sorts of research: science, humanities, social sciences, even cats playing video games! But, before we get started, we will need to assemble the contents of our research poster.
>> Peter: OK, so you're talking about the images and the text, right?

>> Beth: Right. Also, we want to think about the research we're trying to present and who's going to be looking at it.
>> Peter: That makes sense.
>> Peter: We want to make sure we're putting together a poster people want to look at.
>> Beth: Exactly. So, we want to make sure we've made use of good design principles as well to lay out our poster in such a way that makes our poster eye-catching and interesting.

>> Peter: I see.
>> Peter: Now you're talking about applying the science. I can dig. I can dig it. In addition to talking about designing the poster, we're also going to talk about printing a poster today?
>> Beth: That's right. Printing is actually the most important part.
>> Beth: Getting it out so that way people can see it.

So, this video series is going to first focus on the design principles necessary for designing an effective research poster. And then we'll also get you started in creating a research poster in three common programs that are used to make posters: Powerpoint, Illustrator and InDesign. We'll also talk you through getting ready to print your poster.

>> Peter: All right!
>> Peter: Let's get started then!
>> Beth: Alrighty then!
>> Beth: We'll see you in the next video, "Designing Your Poster".

Learn about what constitutes a research poster, as well as what you'll need to create one, in this video introduction to the Creating Research Posters training.