A British Ecological Society Special Interest Group
We are now just over a month away from the BES-Sfe Joint Annual Meeting, which will feature many hundreds of posters. Posters are sometimes seen as secondary to giving a talk, but the FEG wants to celebrate these condensed amalgams of science and art with a competition, that will feature real prizes!
Poster designers have given us some of the best and worst ways to advertise a message. I love the old railway posters from the 1940s, in particular. Scientific posters need to have a bit more information in them than movie posters, but the principal is similar: grab the passerby’s attention and give them the information in the most efficient way possible. My aim in making posters is to keep them clear and simple. There’s an example of my efforts below. When I’m browsing posters at a conference, I like to see a clear message and some nice graphics (especially as poster sessions are normally accompanied by wine). Tonnes of tiny text and I move swiftly on. Maybe you have a different opinion, and prefer posters dense with useful information. The FEG poster competition will reveal what forest ecologists think makes the best poster.
Good luck, and happy designing!