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Scientific Poster

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Published: February 18, 2010
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This is a poster I am going to present at the annual meeting of the Biophysical Society 2010 in San Francisco where 6000 scientists from around the world take part. [link]

For this year's poster I wanted to do something entirely different. Here are some typical poster designs: [link]

Recently I came across the work of Chad Hagen, I especially love his nonsensical Infographics and Analog Controls series: [link]
For some reason their Fifties (or is it Sixties? I am too young) look reminds me of my childhood in Eastern Germany.

The poster took me about two days to make (just the poster, not the research - that would be two years) and I am quite happy in general, though there is a bit too much text and I did not have the time to adjust the colors properly. (I had a certain color scheme in mind.)

Thanks a lot to Jay Hilgert [link] for providing the grunge texture I used as background!

Initially I planned to take part in the poster competition but I missed the deadline.
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RubenVerborgh's avatar
A while ago, I analyzed this poster on my blog (ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2013/0….

While I don't really comment on the aesthetics, I argue that this poster is not more effective than ordinary—perhaps less attractive—posters. In particular, the design doesn't help to solve the crucial communication questions such as: what is this poster actually about?

I think design should foremost help with the communicative process (especially for scientific posters); aesthetics are secondary.
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DaJMeRosStudent Digital Artist
Your poster has served as an awesome inspiration. Thanks for sharing.
Armondikov's avatar
This is awesome. The research is one thing but if it doesn't invite people to bother reading it, you may as well never have bothered. I did one a few months back that was xkcd-themed and won the competition - so I'm sure you'd have been in with more a chance if you had managed the deadline.
aWayman's avatar
Really good scientific poster I have to say. Doing right know a M.Sc. and we discussed lots of posters and did them by ourselfs. I think this was one of the best of your meeting!? One thing: What about descriptions of your figures?
Awesome: Projection with destinations of your collegues!!!
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SpletteProfessional Digital Artist
Yes, usually every figure should have a caption. Mine do not because I was hoping the text made it sufficiently clear. However, generally I would suggest to use image captions, yes...
Memzee's avatar
Great stuff, would you mind sharing where you got your exploded globe map from? Looks really cool.
HellTharn's avatar
I also want to know where did you get it!
shekkung's avatar
As a microbiology student, your scientific poster was really good. It's interesting to be read and didn't make people easy to get bored. :) good job.

Are you a science student too? :)
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SpletteProfessional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks. Sorry, I didn't read your message earlier.
That was my intention. I find most posters at these conferences very boring, so I tried something different.

I am doing my PhD in computational biology and will be graduating in a few months.

T :)
shekkung's avatar
wow, computational biology? what is that and what are you studying in there?

I really love your scientific posters. I agree to what you've said about boring posters. I'm bored too, they aren't really interesting and catchy to the students' eyes. Do you have any links or reference for me to see the other interactive scientific posters like yours? :) thanks
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cigsmokerProfessional Photographer
I really like the vintagey feel of the entire layout.
I am really such a dumbass in terms of science and stuff but I do know that it looks good. :D

Good work, Thomas. Your hard work surely paid off! :D

Yey! Cheers!
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SpletteProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks Sam!
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cigsmokerProfessional Photographer
oh sure no problem!, Thomas :)
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