Creating an effective poster requires time and planning.
What's my message?
Everything you put on your poster relates to a carefully crafted message.
You must be able to state
your main point(s) and conclusion(s) clearly and succintly.
All visuals and text should relate to those points and conclusions.
How much room do I have?
Determine specific size requirements - visit conference web
site or otherwise consult with conferenc organizers.
Area available determines, in part, ...
what you can fit,
what you'll have to leave out,
layout (landscape vs. portrait orientation),
and how things will be organized.
How much money do I have?
Your budget will determine, in part, whether you will ...
plot your poster or print it on standard sheets of paper.
use glossy or draft quality paper.
use cardboard or foam core for mounting (if printing on standard sheets of paper).
create the poster yourself or contract it out.
What milestones should I establish?
Especially important if the poster is multi-authored.
Start with the due date and work back to create milestones.
Allow time for peer review and heavy editing.
Suggested schedule. Here are some ideas for establishing milestones.
This schedule assumes that you're doing other things during the week.
It also allows time for your poster to "sit on the shelf" while you think about it.
Of course, you can turn weeks to days and skip drafts as time pressures require.
|0|| ||Present poster|
|-1 week|| ||Final print|
|-1 week|| ||Make changes suggested by peers|
|-1 week|| ||Distribute draft for peer review (round 2)|
|-2 weeks|| ||Make changes suggested by peers|
|-2 weeks|| ||Distribute draft for peer review (round 1)|
|-3 weeks|| ||Edit your draft ruthlessly|
|-3 weeks|| ||Create first draft of poster|
|-4 weeks|| ||Plan out poster on scratch paper|
|-4 weeks|| ||Define message and write an abstract (if you haven't already done so)|