SACNAS 2012 Poster Planning

I’m in an interesting predicament right now. I have two powers: (1) scientific thought and (2) artistic interpretation. As the great Uncle Ben says, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and I have the unique ability to deliver an informative poster with great aesthetic appeal. But what should I make my poster look like?

So here I sit. My poster is already mapped out, and I just need to figure out a useful design for my poster. I’ve been thinking of a couple of choices:

  1. SketchNote Style – artistically speaking this would be awesome, but from an information digestion perspective this may be overwhelming. Maybe I’ll hand draw an alternative design and give that away to someone.
  2. ONS Talk Style – this would maintain the same style as my presentations of the same theme.
  3. Theme Tree
  4. Mindmap Style – but prettier (embedded below)

At this point, I think a MindMap or the ONS Style would be most appropriate. I’m going to dwell on this a bit more before getting to work on the design (and I’ll get to work on the content in the process). In the mean time, check out the mindmap via the link above or the embed below!


Create your own mind maps at MindMeister

  • bill

    “…I have the unique ability…”

    That word (unique)… I don’t think it means what you think it means. :-)

    Seriously, there are plenty of scientists with artistic talent, and lots more who can read Tufte etc and turn out some damn fine presentations. In particular the sentence “I don’t think any scientist has ever …” strikes me as, well, absurd. Even I, who have no pretensions to talent for art or design, have thought seriously about what all of my presentations would look like.

    • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

      Sorry I’ve been watching too many cartoons lately so all delusions
      of grandeur and epicness are swirling around in my head. BOLD CLAIMS!!!

      • bill

        It’s a fine line between chutzpah and douchiness! You did come off a bit, shall we say, overconfident. But confidence is good, and so is willingness to listen to constructive criticism. :-)

        • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

          In all honesty I intended to remove all that stuff but forgot once I finished writing the post. Thanks for finding it and pointing it out! How is the Scio13 registration coming along?

          • bill

            I’m in the same boat with everyone else who didn’t make it in round 2 — will be entering lottery for the last 75 places and crossing fingers really, really hard. Would bribe organizers but they are unfortunately far too ethical.

          • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

            You could apply for a Blitz session and that would give you automatic registration. I admit I have no idea what you would promote in 15 min but I’m sure you have lots to promote!

          • bill

            My thing these days is science as a business. After three years, I like biotech and I want to follow in the footsteps of pioneers like OneWorld Health, Sage, Dx for the Real World (viz. Victoria Hale, Stephen Friend, Helen Lee) — to build a middle ground between predatory profit-taking and philanthropy-dependent nonprofit models. I definitely want to talk to people at #scio about these ideas, but — although I could whip something up — I don’t think I have the depth of knowledge yet to be presenting about it.

          • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

            It’s fascinating that you mention that, because I’ve been talking to a student here at UNM who is interested in profit through philanthropy style business. Examples would be technology that provides a service in areas that need the service (think developing nations developing for themselves, but not in an exploitation sort of way). I’m still new to the concept but we’ve been talking about similarities between what I’m doing and what he is doing. Hopefully I’ll have a lot more to talk about come January and you can make it to the conference!

    • http://www.iheartanthony.com Anthony Salvagno

      All douchiness has been removed. Thanks Bill!