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February 11th, 2009
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academics: poster presentation?
This probably won't make sense if you're not in academia, so I'll put this under a cut ...

Ok, I've got a "poster presentation" next month at the SIGCSE conference.  The last couple of times I did a "poster presentation", I just made a bunch of ordinary PowerPoint slides and tacked them up with pins.  Which is fine.  So I drafted my first set of those slides a couple of days ago.  At the end of it, though, I was singularly unsatisfied with the results.  (Part of it is that I'm taking a paper that got rejected and turning it into a poster, so that I at least get something onto my vita this year.)

Lately, I've seen people taking these massive 3'-by-4' one-piece posters, with all sorts of snazzy graphics, insets, and other stuff.  I've poked around a bit and even found some of the templates people use to make the stuff, which almost makes me think I could make one of them.  But several obstacles arise ...
  • Still gotta figure out what content to put on one big poster instead of little slides.  Obvious, to be sure, but I need to make sure that I don't get so caught up in the formatting thing that I don't forget about the content.
  • Access.  I don't have access to any sort of huge printer, so I'd basically have to go to Kinko's, and pay out of my pocket.  Which makes me less interested in it.
  • Transport.  I'm flying to the conference ... which means that either I'd have to fold the poster to fit into my suitcase (not good), or carry it onto the plane --- which would force me to check my suitcase, costing me even more money in checked bag fees.
So ... I don't know where I should go with this, I guess.

One thought I'm mulling at the moment ... apparently, I can get 11x17 prints for free on campus.  So I could piece together something that would have fewer pieces than the 8.5x11 slides, and presumably look a little better as well.  Plus, I could put the 11x17 prints flat in the bottom of my suitcase, creating easy and free transportation.

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From:wildirishrose80
Date:February 12th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
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Could you have the Kinko's in your destination city print them?
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From:jkhuggins
Date:February 12th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
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Possibly. I'd have to check if there's one close to the conference ... since I'm flying, I'm relying on hotel shuttles & shoe-leather to get me from point-to-point. And I'm not sure how much extra time I'll have between arrival and display. But that's certainly an out-of-the box idea worth considering.
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From:wildirishrose80
Date:February 12th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
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yeek. Looks like the nearest Kinko's is 8 miles from the convention center.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:February 12th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
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Just verified it myself. Granted, I'm staying about a half-mile away, but that's still a healthy walk.

The more I'm thinking about it, the more the idea of 11x17 panels starts to appeal to me. I may have to give that a try ...
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From:darthdingus
Date:February 12th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
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Google search for print shops near Chattanooga Convention Center
There's a place .3 miles from the center that could be promising.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:February 12th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
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Well, that would certainly be more promising. Still leaves the question of price, and timing, up in the air. Good catch, though.
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