Poster Boy for the Profession? My Research in Graphical Form
I should mention at the outset that this isn’t going to be a standard post, but a shameless piece of self-promotion. As the title suggests, I’ve recently designed a research poster summarizing my PhD project, which I plan to exhibit at a competition at University College London this week, and later at the annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) in early April. Since HTTP is planning to devote more posts to our writers’ research, I thought I’d put the poster up here as well, just to kick-start that process…
Academic posters may be less prestigious than conference papers or publications, but are still an extremely valuable way of presenting research. Working on mine has proved a fantastic way for me to hone my communication and presentation skills, and has increased my knowledge of graphic design and desktop publishing a thousandfold. By forcing me to be concise (not something I’m used to), and to boil down my ideas to the bare minimum, it’s also encouraged me to look at my project from a refreshingly new and creative angle. At this point in my second year of doctoral study, that’s definitely something I needed.
All that aside, designing a poster is simply more fun than slaving over an essay, thesis chapter or conference paper – with a far more colourful and (ideally) more engaging final product.
This particular poster concentrates on the premise of my research, rather than the findings – largely because I probably won’t have any findings for a while. It’s essentially a condensed version of the introduction to my thesis, and outlines the historical and theoretical background to my topic, what research questions I’m hoping to answer, and how I’m planning to answer them.
If you’re interested, feel free to click the thumbnail below for the full PDF version of the poster. Should your curiosity propel you even further, the images and references are all linked to their original sources… Enjoy!