Graphic design skills are a great addition to a scientist’s skills set, and making posters / slides / diagrams that are both informative and beautiful is super fun (and potentially a time sink if you get too carried away perfectly aligning images, but I think it makes a difference)!
Last week I lead a workshop for the Geoscience Outreach course on using Abode InDesign for science communication, and in particular, for making posters. As part of the assessment for the course and general promotion of outreach projects, students make a small poster that conveys the key messages of their outreach work.
What makes a good poster? We covered this topic by going on a beautification journey – first by looking at a poster from last year at different stages (bad, good, better), and then by working away on choosing colour schemes, layouts and making diagrams. The workshop was very fun, as usual I loved teaching, and I’m very happy to have contributed to the Geoscience Outreach course!