Conference posters


Three wyrd sisters, poster, presentation and paper attend upon the ritual for conjuring an academic career. Of these, poster is the least regarded, but is sometimes necessary for all that.

Aesthetics

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Hacks

See PDFs for some useful practical mechanics of design and printing.

Pro-tip: if you are plotting using python, one should be aware that seaborn has a poster mode for scaling line widths and fonts sensibly.

Biorender poster

I do not know if biorender poster is any good, but it was created AFAICT by scientific communication experts, unlike many tools in this domain which were created by scientists or graphic designers, or in the case of Microsoft Powerpoint, a committee containing none of the above.

Scribus

Scribus is a good open source desktop publisher system (think InDesign, but free, with the good and bad that that entails.)

The in-built LaTeX renderer does not support big font sizes per default but one can force that manually by overriding the supplied preamble.

This still doesn’t get you the correct margins, which matters for long equations. For that you need Chloé-Agathe Azencott’s LaTeX geometry hacks. Combining these we get this kind of thing

\documentclass[$scribus_fontsize$]{extarticle}
\usepackage[left=0cm,top=0cm,right=0cm,bottom=0cm,nohead,nofoot, paperwidth=$scribus_realwidth$pt,paperheight=$scribus_realheight$ pt]{geometry}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{amssymb}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{fourier}% uses Utopia font for text and math

\begin{document}

{
\fontsize{48pt}{48pt}
\selectfont
\begin{align*}
\mathcal{A}\{c\phi\}(\xi)&= c^2\mathcal{A}\{\phi\}(\xi)\\
\mathcal{A}\{\phi(r t)\}(\xi)&= \frac{1}{r} \mathcal{A}\{\phi\}\left(\frac{\xi}{r}\right)\\
\mathsf{E}\left[ \mathcal{A}\{S_1\phi + S_2\phi'\}(\xi)\right]
&=\mathcal{A}\{\phi\}(\xi)+ \mathcal{A}\{\phi'\}(\xi) \\
\end{align*}

where\(\{S_i\}\) are i.i.d. Rademacher variables.
}

\end{document}

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