Scientific Poster

Scientific poster examples

Project goal

The goal of this project is for the students to produce a audience grabbing scientific poster. Through designing this poster, the project will provide and the student with computer skills for graphic design of posters and digital art production. This comprehensive projects teaches a plethora of knowledge in Adobe Indesign and Photoshop. To develop the students medium skills, the students can develop their poster into an interactive infographic program with Adobe Animate by following along with an online tutorial.

Project objectives

  • Learn to analyse real examples of posters that are academic (conference paper) , first aid/call to action (emergency) , anatomy (or organism) or advertising, that will guide you through the analysis process of good and bad poster design. Students will discuss strengths and weakness in a round table discussion to gain a firm understanding on poster design.
  • Learn of the most effective techniques to use Adobe Indesign for graphic design.
  • Learn how to Integrate your artwork from Adobe Photoshop in to Indesign.
  • Design a medically related poster of your choice.
  • Prepare design sketches and mood-boards of the posters to show how it tackles design flow, text, colour and focus.
  • Produce pencil drawings of all of the images intend for the poster.
  • Produce an interactive poster in Adobe Animate

Project Outcomes

  • A medical/scientific poster.
  • Ability to critique own and others poster designs.
  • Mastered design of clear and logical layout, flow, rhythm, colour, font, sizing, contrast, text and image integration etc.
  • Interpret and present information for an intended audience.
  • Acquired skills in Adobe Indesign, Animate and Photoshop.

Marking criteria. The marking criteria indicated here is a guide and grades are allocated in conjunction with the assessment criteria laid out under ‘Assessment Information – In-course Assessment Criteria’.

Criteria Levels of achievement
Illustrations/graphics impact and clarity. Including skill in chosen medium (Final image only and marked out of 10 points)

• Illustration creativity and imagination for intended
audience and final display
• Skill, style and neatness of artwork
• Effort given to the requirements of the project.
• Understanding and control of art materials /
technologies and techniques, singly and in
combination
• Understanding of elements, such as colour, line, texture, balance.
• Communication of topic

Fluent ability

9-10 points

Confident ability

7-8 points

Competent ability

5- 6 points

Basic ability

3- 4 points

Limited ability

1-2 points

Medical/scientific accuracy and exploration (Final image only and marked out of 5 points)

• Medical accuracy / scientific accuracy
• Artwork describes / conceptually describes the medical/scientific subject
• Understanding of the topic in a wider context as demonstrated by studies and sketches.

Excellent form and/or anatomical / scientific accuracy

5 points

Almost no errors in form and /or anatomical / scientific accuracy
4 points
A few errorrs in form and/or anatomical / scientific accuracy.

3 points

Some errors in form and / or anatomical / scientific accuracy.

2 points

Major errors in the form and/or anatomy or science

1 point

Design presentation and
attractiveness
(Includes all images/sketchbooks
etc. and marked out of 5 points)

• Presentation neatness
• Illustration use within the design
• Layout, call-outs and readability
• Rhythm, dominance, balance, colour and contrast in the design
• Titles, headlines and hierarchy of accompanying text
• Text, typography, alignment and labelling design and effort
• Spelling, grammar, widows, and orphans
• Audience consideration in language used.
• Colour palate
• Design consideration for where artwork will be finally viewed and how it speaks to its audience

Excellent

5 points

Extremely good

4 points

Very Good

3 points

Good

2 points

Basic

1 point

Graphics originality
and exploratory
quality (Includes all
images/ sketchbooks
etc. and marked out of 5 points)

•Creativity and originality of illustration
• Creation of final display
• Independent research and original concepts
• Understand stages of design
• Awareness and appreciation of the context and
purpose of illustration

Fluent ability

5 points

Confident ability

4 points

Competent ability

3 points

Basic ability

2 points

Limited ability

1 point

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Level achieved from total points:
This project is marked on the four categories listed above. Once points are assigned to each category they are added up and a grade is given depending on the total points.
Distinction (20 – 25 points) Credit (19 – 15 points) High Pass (10 – 14 points Pass (5 – 9 points) Pass with Amends/ Referred for re-submission (1 – 4 points)

PDF of handout

List of helpful resources for poster design

What do I need to bring to class?

  1. First step in initial seminars: An interactive student-lead discussion focusing on poster design will occur in the initial seminar. This will help focus your proposal, initial sketches, research material and mood-board.
    1. Homework
      1. Form: Pencil drawings of the anatomy or scientific concept that will be described in your poster. These can be worked up in Adobe Photoshop for your coursework draft
      2. Exploration: 150-500 word reflective report discussing the science behind your poster idea and the audience that will be viewing or learning from the poster.  Produce a mood-board in Adobe Indesign which consolidates the elements your poster design. Show colours palettes, reference images, inspiration, typography, etc. Use criteria on handout on good poster design as a guild for the elements needed in your mood board.
      3. Medium development: If the student desires (not obligatory) make your poster an interactive infographic by following along with the online tutorial in Adobe Animate CC.
      4. Coursework draft: Produce a work-in-progress poster in Indesign. Make sure draft illustrations, text and infographics are in place for feedback.
  2. Second step is the interim design presentation: Present your proposal, initial sketches, research material and mood-board and Animate CC infographic to obtain formative and critical feedback from your supervisor and peers.You present your draft poster which shows a more developed design and is in response to the feedback from the initial seminar. supervisor and peer review of the design work-in-progress which provides formative feedback to produce your final version.
    1. Homework
      1. Incorporate any feedback received on the ‘form’ homework into your final artwork. Consolidate your moodboard incorporating any feedback and print at A3 for your assessment portfolio. Print your written work for the ‘science behind your poster’ ready for assessment. This work will not be marked independently at assessment, but will form part of the observation and exploratory section of the marking criteria.
      2. If an interactive poster was created export it as a html file so it can be viewed at assessment. This work will not be marked independently at assessment, but will form part of the observation and exploratory section of the marking criteria under student independent research.
      3. Complete the Adobe Photoshop illustration of the surgical sequence based on feedback at the seminar. Present again at following seminar for final feedback both as separate illustrations and in the Indesign interactive PDF.
  3. Final step is the final presentation: Before submitting to assessment you must have it checked by your supervisor at seminars or on a designated tutoring day via email and telephone. In assessment your work will be marked according to the marking criteria of that project. You will receive a detailed feedback form after assessment.

What do I need to bring to assessment?

You must bring:

  • The final poster – this does not need to be frame mounted if it is larger than A3 but it does need to stand up by itself, so make sure it is back mounted.
  • Initial artworks which include sketches, mood board, and initial concept poster design.
  • Write a short a reflective report (approximately 150 – 500 words) on how your project met the objectives and how you tackled layout, colour, rhythm etc.

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