IMPORTANT: Make sure the dimensions are 36 inches in height and 48 inches in width, i.e. landscape and not portrait.
I am looking for assistance with developing an eye catching conference poster. This will be displayed during a one-hour poster session and during that time I will be answering questions. This poster must be 36" H x 48" W and follow some basic conventions, such as having the title at the top, the presenter’s name and institution, and the institution logo (see attachments). Examples of conference posters can be found online, however, I am looking for something with a bit more “pop”.
Typically posters are created in Microsoft PowerPoint with the slide dimensions adjusted to 36 x 48, though I’m open to having it completed in Adobe InDesign. I have both programs and need a file that can be easily updated if there are any last minute changes. I would also like a PDF file set at those dimensions. In addition, when I print the poster with a large format printer, a half inch will be cut from the top and bottom—keep this in mind.
The text for the poster is included in the attachments. Also included is a poster template, an example from my institution, but I would like to start fresh. The “Introduction,” “Explicit Costs,” “Implicit Costs,” and “Methodology” sections should be on the left side of the poster. The “Results and Implications” can be at the bottom. I’m interested in having this section divided into three small columns (see template example), but leave it up to you to decide what looks best. Another option would be to include it with the other sections, if there is room. For a conference poster, text should be readable at a distance and can range from 22 to 32 point font, depending on the typeface.
The most help I need is in designing a series of graphics to accompany the data (see attachment). There are two main types of data, the explicit costs and implicit costs. The implicit costs are further divided into three sets of activities. I would like a series of graphics representing each or most of these costs. For example, airfare is an explicit cost. Perhaps you will include an image of an airplane with a price tag of the cost. The implicit costs will be a bit tricky and I leave it up to you to decide what is the best approach in representing this data. All costs should be represented, but do not have to be represented graphically. For example, you have a section that just lists the remaining activities and the associated costs. Finally, the total economic cost should be highlighted on the poster. Also, make it easy for me to update the costs if I have a change in the amount.
In regards to the design, I am a fan of flat design and modern colors. I would allocate a fourth of the poster for text and three fourths for the graphics. Feel free to contact me to clarify any of these parameters.
(UPDATE: Depicting the implicit costs may be difficult and/or time consuming in comparison to the four explicit costs. Instead, Perhaps this could be three pie charts showing each major category, but broken down into individual activities. I'd still like graphics for the explicit costs)