By Razvan V. Chereji, PhD
After you’ve made your vector illustrations and aligned them flawlessly into your poster, you might wonder what else you can do to attract more attention to your work. After all, that’s why you go to a conference: you want to entice everybody to stop by your poster to learn about your research results. Recently, I participated in a meeting at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. This article is about how I enhanced my poster presentation.
I wanted to add a tablet to the center of my poster, but I couldn’t find any reliable way of attaching it to the poster board. I realized that the simplest way would be to design a three-dimensional (3D) tablet frame and print it using the free 3D printing service offered by the NIH library. I used Google SketchUp (http://www.sketchup.com/) to create the 3D model (http://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3dpx-000728), which was easy to learn by watching a few tutorials on YouTube (check out here and here). As my poster was about DNA packaging, I also made a small DNA model (http://3dprint.nih.gov/discover/3dpx-000729), which I attached to the poster to create the illusion of a DNA molecule that pops out of the poster (lower right in poster image).
To highlight my research, I created a small video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cov93yEj1Dk) by adding extra frames made using Adobe Illustrator to an existing animation. I displayed the video on the tablet, which attracted a nice audience to my poster.
Here’s a copy of my poster: