How to ace your research poster: Part 1

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Workshop 1: 7th November 2018, 16.30-19.30
Workshop 2: 14th November 2018, 16.30-19.30

Please note that you will have to sign up for each workshop separately to attend them.

Convenors: Dr Corina Lacatus (PIR) and Alex Nogues (Senior User Experience Designer)

As social scientists, we design research projects. Most of us, however, do not know as much about poster design. So communicating our research through visual means can become a real challenge. This short course plans to fill this gap. It will introduce undergraduate and postgraduate students across the social sciences to design thinking and techniques to create a great research poster design. Whether you are just identifying a research interest or you are at a more advanced stage of your research project and have findings that you want to share with wider audiences, these two workshops are for you. No particular experience with poster design is required, and all levels of familiarity with concepts and software are welcome.

By the end of the workshop, students will have:

(1) developed literacy in the main concepts of poster design;

(2) become familiar with the basic tools (or hone existing skills) of computer-based poster design;

(3) learned to ‘translate’ their research into a visual medium;

(4) learned how to prepare versions of their own research filed for online or print dissemination.


This workshop will cover:

Part 1: The fundamentals of poster design

This first part of the workshop will introduce students to the fundamental principles of poster design, such as composition, typography, chromatics, etc. They will learn how to ‘translate’ the main elements of social scientific research into a poster, as a medium of communication to a specialised audience as well as a wider audience. The second part of this morning session will be dedicated to a brief introduction of available software for different levels of experience and prior knowledge. Students will get to apply the main concepts they have learned in a practice session focused on the analysis of a few cases of abstracts and posters.


Workshop 2 will cover:

Part 2: Applied session

The second half of the workshop is dedicated to the application of the principles discussed in the morning to one’s own research. Students should bring their own laptops to the workshop. Students will create a file with all visual materials related to a research project of their own choice. They will learn about the application of basic settings to produce versions of the file that are both ready for dissemination through social media and ready for printing. Instructors will provide guidance as well as hands-on assistance with the specialised software and at all stages of the learning process.

From this workshop, you will also receive an A2 poster.

Please Note

No prior knowledge of design is required. Prior experience with any of the software introduced in class is not required, although it is certainly welcome. Our instructors will be happy to address a wide range of questions at different levels of student mastery of design principles of the computer-based design tools. The week prior the workshop, the instructors will share more information about the workshop and a few materials for students to consult and prepare in advance.

If you have further questions about the workshop, please contact: Dr Corina Lacatus at C.Lacatus@ed.ac.uk

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