Poster Guidelines

Poster Session: "Inspired Innovation"

The 4th Annual Information Architecture Summit sponsored by ASIST
Portland, Oregon
March 21 - 23, 2003


Following up on the success of last year's debut of conference poster presentations, we're soliciting to build an even better program for 2003.

This year's posters theme is "Inspired Innovation." How has your IA been inspired in a unique way by another discipline?  Are you working in a related discipline using IA methods? We're not trying to define the boundaries of disciplines here, but seeking a broad sampling of work that has been enriched by synergistic activity.

We encourage work by students, developers and designers, work of a specialized nature, work concerning new features, design elements, methods or processes, controversial topics, and work in progress. For those new to posters, please scroll down to the "What Makes a Good Poster" section.

What we are seeking

Posters will be judged on the basis of a one-page text summary and a poster mock-up. The summary should place the work in context and make one or two innovative points. A panel of subject-matter experts will evaluate the summaries using the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Soundness of rationale
  • Quality of written and graphic presentation
  • Ease of understandability
  • Adequate citation of relevant literature

The poster mock-up should be the layout of your poster in miniature or a fairly accurate sketch. Here's an example: Mike Lee's sketch

The proposal process

Prepare a one-page summary containing the following:

  • Title and authors
  • Contact information
  • Abstract
  • Text describing the poster content

Note that submissions must be in English, and delivered by e-mail. Attachments of mock-ups must not exceed 500 kb. If size exceeds 500 kb, the mock-up must be posted on a separate website and a link provided. Be sure that your submission contains no proprietary or confidential material. Submission of video or pictures of identifiable people should be done only with the understanding that responsibility for the collection of appropriate permissions rests with the submitter, not ASIST.

Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by mid-February, 2003.  The spirit of this call is one of inclusiveness. Even if you've never done anything like this before, follow the submission instructions and have an original, interesting proposal, you will have a good chance of showing.

If your proposal is accepted, you will need to create the actual poster for the conference (see below), and supply a PDF image of the poster content at the time of the conference for posting to an ASIST Conference presentations page. 

The one-page summaries of accepted interactive posters will be published in the ASIST Conference Companion. Note that because of publication production requirements there will be no opportunity to prepare new versions of the summaries, so your submission material must be prepared carefully.

At the conference, interactive poster presenters are provided a 1.1 meter high by 2.3 meter wide (44 x 92 inches) display space. But your poster does not need to occupy the maximum space. We have found that 20 x 30 inches is a good minimum size. Presenters are required to be available at their posters during designated presentation times.

What Makes a Good Poster

Allow ample time, at least several weeks or more, to prepare your poster. A good poster is uncluttered and clear in design. It has legible text and logical organization. The main tenet of a good poster design is simplification. Here are some guidelines:

  • Use a crisp, clean design and a strong title.
  • Do not tell the entire project history.
  • Present only enough data to make your key point.
  • The text material should be reduced to convey your points quickly and clearly.

The most successful posters display a succinct statement of major conclusions at the beginning, followed by supporting text in later segments, and a brief summary at the end. A detailed tip sheet on the mechanics of producing a poster will be sent to the final authors along with logistical details on the conference poster sessions.

And lastly, visit the IA Summit 2002 presentations page for examples of last year's posters:

Look at the links for Dan Brown, Keith Instone, Kim Peters, and Laura Schreirer.

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