January 30, 2007

Showcase poster design for e–learning exhibitions

I am just about to start creating another set of “e-learning showcase” posters, for the Arts Faculty Exhibition on the 9th of February. We are also planning to create such posters for a forthcoming University-wide exhibition. Here’s a short explanation of the design and what it aims to do.

Each poster demonstrates an example of the effective use of technology in teaching, learning and research. It has four elements:

  1. A series of statements about what it demonstates, who did the work, what technologies and techniques it employed, along with a url to the showcased work.
  2. A few short paragraphs of text (100 words maximum) explaining the rationale behind the showcase.
  3. A series of annotated screenshots or photographs demonstrating and explaining what has been done (a maximum of 8 on an A2 poster).
  4. A footer containing a link to the Arts E-learning web site and details of the E-learning Advisor.

The posters are printed to A2 (we have a colour A2 printer). My method for producing them is slightly odd. I first create each text element or image within a Powerpoint presentation, and then copy them into a Photoshop file (set to A2 size). I end up with a poster and a Powerpoint show for each showcase.

Here’s a good example:

IT112 Showcase poster

If that’s too blurry on your screen, have a look at this it112_poster_small.pdf

For the next series of posters I am going to try to include more information about the processes and support infrastructure used to meet the stated objectives of each showcase.

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