I started working on our poster for ASPB 2013 today, revising my student’s previous version to add new data and generally smooth out the rough patches. I’m using OmniGraffle to do the layout, since I don’t have to share it with anybody else during the editing. It’s a bit of a luxury not to have to use PowerPoint for the layout, which is the least common denominator that I’m usually stuck with for this job.
Rather than simply transfer our figures on the old version into the new one, I’m going to take this opportunity to make publication-quality figures with my tool of choice, DataGraph. This is also a great chance to think about the data we have and what we still need in order to finish this project.
I’m trying to use a grid-based layout for the poster to impose some structure behind the scenes. The poster’s 40 in wide, and I’m working on 4 Ã— 9.5 in columns at the moment. Not sure I’ll stay with this, but it’s a start. I’ll have to see how well the various graphs fit this grid before I commit to it, and I’m still working on those.