The poster creation workshop is now one of the most popular courses offered by IT Services. Indeed, many departments are now asking us to run ‘closed’ courses as part of their curriculum, so that students can learn how to create eye-catching and informative posters to present their research.
We invite submissions from across the University for this category, and this year we had a record number of entries. The standard was even higher than in 2013, which gave the judges a difficult task.
Winner: Laura Pritchard. Poster title: The HIV-1 Glycan Shield as a Target for Vaccine Design
Conference poster sessions can be an intimidating place to try something new; you don’t want people to focus on your poster design and not notice the research. This poster succeeds in maintaining the poster ‘tradition’ while at the same time introducing an element of creative design. Laura, a DPhil student in the Department of Biochemistry, created her poster in PowerPoint after attending one of the ITLP’s poster design workshops. She writes:
The poster was designed to be eye-catching yet readable, using a blown-up version of the structural model shown in the introduction as a background. The text and figures were then placed on a white background for maximum contrast. The structure of the poster was intended to help guide the reader from start to finish, reading top-to-bottom and left-to-right. The results were divided and numbered into four boxes, reflecting the logical progression of the experiments.
Winner for innovative design: Natasha Hui J Ng. Poster title: Unravelling the Mysteries of Diabetes
In 2013 we introduced a second prize in this category: innovative design. Natasha is carrying out her doctoral research at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine. She created her poster in Photoshop and Illustrator, for OCDEM’s public engagement event, “Unravelling the mysteries of diabetes” in June 2014. The event aims to present the department’s research to patients, and this poster provides basic information about the disease. Natasha explains the rationale underpinning her design:
As it is meant to be visually engaging and not content-heavy, it contains visual aids to direct the viewer to read the poster in a logical flow. … It has a soothing colour scheme comfortable for the eyes, and has a somewhat light-hearted and informal feel. These elements help the infographic to bring information about a serious disease across in a manner more amenable to families and children.