09 August 2012

If iPads were made by academics

This is the default screen of a new iPad. Calm, cool, focused.

This is what this screen would look like if it made the way academics make their conference posters.

Everything squeezed, nothing aligned, lots distorted.

Or maybe this.

Boxes and Comics Sans; now that’s the stuff.

Seriously, people. It feels like 90% of conference posters look like those bottom two.

To repeat the lessons:

  • Big margins.
  • Make everything line up.
  • Lock the aspect ratio when enlarging or shrinking.