25 April 2019

Link round-up for April, 2019

We’ve had many nominees for best poster, but this is one of the first for “best poster presenter.” Spotted by ForsGroup.


My favorite poster I’ve seen so far at #ACSOrlando. I hope he’s giving a talk later...

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Another reason you should keep posters after the conference is over: it can double as an emergency ice pack.


Hat tip to Rebecca Clement and Milton Tan.

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Inspired by adorable tiny glassware (so much tinyness), Lauren Gonzalez created this mini lab, complete with mini posters.


So, who will be the first to stage a mini conference? Magnifying glass included with attendance fee.

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This is an excellent analysis of a an excellent graphic abstract (that could have been a poster):


Structure - although the graphic has a nice informal feel too it, the structure is sound. The dotted line are subtle, but help the eye realise where the sections are.

The title - I like this a lot, the type, the fact that it’s on a a silhouette of a tetrapod, it stands out really well (despite not being at the top of the graphic).

The section headings - notice the creative font use is restricted to titles, the shapes fit the type nicely, see how they’re all slightly different too, both in shape and colour. The language is simple and direct.

Emma has visualised the Paleobiology database nicely, but rightly chooses not to force “Statistical & phylogenetic methods to mitigate sampling biases” into a graphic. The text communicates better than any icon could.

Visit the thread for a Q&A with creator Emma Dunne. Hat tip to Anne Hilborn.

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Chris Gunter asked “How does one travel with a poster tube?” and got many helpful replies.

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In an age of global climate change, it’s worth asking if you need to fly to conferences. New research suggests not.

(T)his preliminary evidence suggests that there may be opportunities, especially for academics who study topics related to climate and sustainability, to reduce their emissions from air travel while maintaining productive careers.

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Oh, this figure is shocking. Make sure your figures do not become the brunt of internet humour.

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Criticism is an integral part of this blog, and design. With that in mind, I think this attitude from Neil Gaiman is useful:


It’s one of Gaiman’s Laws of Art: “When anyone tells you that they had a problem with something, they are very probably right. When they tell you how to fix it, they are very probably wrong.”

From io9.

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