30 January 2023

Even award-winning posters don’t follow best practices

I have a short little project analyzing years of award winning posters from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), which hold some of the largest scientific conferences in the world.

Nothing against the science, but not a lot of posters followed commonly recommended “best practices” for graphic design.

The paper is open access, so free for all to read. And it’s short! Should only take you a few minutes to read.


Faulkes Z. 2023. The “wall of text” visual structure of academic conference posters. Frontiers in Communication 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2023.1063345

P.S.—Yes, I recognize a certain amount of irony in talking about the “wall of text” in a paper that has no graphics and is itself only text. But papers and posters are different formats, so leave me alone. 😉 

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