This One Suffers From The Clutter

Not one but two posters are up today! That is fun, because I don’t reach show people trying different things often. Today’s posters are both from Chris Miles, a graduate student in mathematics. I’m in a weird misfit field: mathematical biology, which appears to take certain areas of each culture, like posters from biology.

However, this leads to some culture clashes, like having a math-heavy poster. I assume my question is: how math-heavy is too math-heavy if math is the focus of the poster? This is an excellent question, and reminiscent of an identical question I acquired about posters in the humanities. I love this. Clean, straightforward.

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Colouring most of the text bring some visible interest. There are a handful of elements that distract me. The proper part of the title bar. The logo design on top of the titles together with the section affiliation are not harmonizing. I expect to see more space around the logo, and the right side of “diffusion” in the title over Christopher’s name also throws me.

I like the light dashed lines between your columns, which put in a nice graphic touch in a text message heavy poster. I’m not crazy about the horizontal lines between the sections, though. That one suffers from the clutter, which is such an easy opening for new poster makers to fall into. Within the plus side, that one does a little better job of providing a audience an “entry way” and conveying this issue at a glance.

Since I am a biologist, I identified the images of motor microtubules and protein under the name and on the right column immediately. I wonder if a type of microtubules might be used in the current poster to replace the dashed lines dividing the columns. Overall, I think the new one up top is way better that the main one below.

It’s simpler and cleaner. I’d be more likely to stop at it if I was browsing, because I would be turned off by the clutter of the old one. But, if engine proteins were my thing, I would be more more likely to stop at the old one because I could easier see what the topic is. To get back to Chris’s question, “How much math-heavy is math-heavy too? ” Not all math is established equal for poster purposes.

Because I am not just a mathematician, I don’t have a good sense of when you’re able to show something aesthetically versus if you want an equation. But equations are difficult alone. The standing joke is that every equation loses half the audience. Possibly the key with a mathematics heavy poster is to provide something on the poster that is not math, to provide people a real way in. I recall one math poster that had a lot of equations, but it addittionally had an image of 1 of the historical mathematicians whose work was the foundation for the poster.