CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 03
Fall 2008

   Dr. Sanders
                                                                                                                                        and Chgo Rx! instructor  
                                                                                                                                        Jean Hemzacek

Poster Draft
(Due December 4, 2008.)

OBJECTIVE: Create a draft of your poster (the poster is due next Tuesday, Dec. 9) so that your group will have an organized plan for putting it together.

FORMAT: The draft of your poster is a sketch showing the intended placement of all required elements (see the original assignment and the poster grading rubric for a checklist of the required elements).

The draft of your poster can be on any size plain (unlined) paper (from 8.5 x 11, up to actual poster size*). 

For each poster element: either include a draft of the element OR sketch an outline of the relative size of that element, label it, and give a brief description. 

Here is an example: you might draw a block of space covering about 1/8 of the poster area, and label it: "Map of our specific area (includes parts of xxx and yyy topographic quadrangles)".  Note that this example is not a standard!  Your own work may/will be very different. 

Your poster's elements must be sized appropriately in order to show the necessary details for your study area.  Some features take a lot of space; some take only a little.

 * The actual finished poster size can range from the size of a single sheet of poster board (about 20 x 28 inches), to the size of a 3-panel 'stand-up' poster (the type used for science fairs).   For the draft of your poster, you do not need to turn in an "actual size" version:  if you use 8.5 x 11 paper, though, you might consider outlining the spaces for elements on one sheet, numbering those spaces, and using an additional sheet of paper to give more room for descriptions of the elements that will be placed in each of those numbered blocks.

Your poster draft must be neat and readable. 

As you make your design, consider the following:

 >  On the finished poster, main elements (title, key graphics) must be visible and readable from a distance of 10 feet.  Your draft/design should consider that.

 >  The poster is mainly visual, but must contain text elements that adequately explain and describe the images.

 >  Be creative to highlight important aspects: use color, etc. to make it interesting and to "draw in" the observer.

 >  Check out this website for additional suggestions about making an effective poster display.

 >  Don't forget to include these important elements, in addition to the geologic elements:
          --  your team name and individual team members' names
          -- a title
          -- your study area  (this may be part of the title, if it is not, it must be somewhere on the poster!)

EVALUATION:  Your poster draft will be evaluated on the basis of the degree to which it includes all the required elements, how well-planned it is, and how readable it is.

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

2008 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated December 2, 2008.