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.
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.