Good design is C.R.A.P.: Creating science posters using Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 11 am (EST)

Presenting posters at science conferences is an important part of a university student’s career. It provides them a chance to communicate the results of their research to a nonspecialist audience. Yet many students do not receive training on how to design succinct and engaging posters.

Are you planning on presenting a poster at an upcoming meeting? This presentation, Good design is C.R.A.P. will familiarize you with the basics of good poster design.


In this webinar, Lisa McDonald will be covering the following areas:

  • Importance of communicating your research to a nonspecialist audience
  • Four key elements of visual design
  • Free resources for researchers designing visual presentations

This webinar will provide an overview of four key elements to designing visually engaging work: contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. An example poster will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate the difference these key elements make when implemented.


Lisa McDonald is Science Writer at The American Ceramic Society. Prior to this position, McDonald has worked at the American Institute of Physics: FYI and the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. She has a master’s in science communication and specializes in communicating science to nonspecialist audiences through a variety of written and visual mediums, including blogs, infographics, and posters. She has given presentations on the importance of science careers outside the laboratory, such as in science policy and science education, including at the APS March 2018 meeting.


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If you missed the webinar, please make sure to review the webinar recording provided above.

If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Natividad.

This webinar is brought to you by the ACerS Global Graduate Researcher Network (GGRN) and the ACerS Young Professionals Network (YPN).