Here’s a view of the future, research posters being displayed on computer monitors instead of paper posters on dividers.
No question, it’s cool to be able to flip a switch and have a new poster displayed. And, you pay for the monitor once, and a paper research poster every time.
I would argue that this kind of setup has a few disadvantages too:
- It’s too small. The smallest poster we usually print is 3×4 feet, these are about half that size. Not only are they going to be hard to read, but the author can only have one person to talk to at a time.
- What can we say but that a paper poster always works! I wonder what the reliability of the system is, and what happens to the presenter whose monitor isn’t working.
- Presenters tell us that, given the expense of these setups, there are not that many available at a conference. They are only able to be in front of their research poster for 20 minutes or a half hour. That doesn’t give people much opportunity to talk to them, and it just about completely removes the ability to browse the posters.
So, we hear about conferences presenting research posters this way. It’s new, and the early adopters are giving it a try. The old fashioned folks are worried that a wonderful way of spreading information is being dumbed down.
Time will tell!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers and friends for another successful year. Happy Holidays!
If you need a poster for a conference in the new year, we hope you’ll think of us.
Economy Tri-Fold Poster
This is a typical economy trifold poster. They were getting ready to package it the other day, and I thought it deserved a mention.
This is perfect poster for a science fair. It gives a beautiful presentation and comes at the right price- only $84 plus the shipping.
We direct print these right on the foam core, which is how we get the cost so low. We score them for folding, and ship them between sheets of cardboard.
We have free PowerPoint poster templates on our website. Download the template, copy and paste your information into it, and then order your poster online.
Foamcore Mounted Poster
Here’s a research poster that the Loon Center likes to take around wherever they might have the chance to find a loon lover. I took the photo at their annual gala two weekends ago.
Tabletop Poster Stand
To make it easy to display, they have their poster printed on foamcore board, and they then display it on a nice tabletop easel stand. In this case, they haven’t extended the legs of the stand, which works great on a table top.
The other thing they do is to use our plastic edge trim to keep the edges of the research poster from getting banged up as they move it in and out of cars and through doorways.
I think this gives a great presentation, and it certainly has lasted well. We made this poster for them almost two years ago!
Poster Printed by Spoonflower
OK, so I received the fabric research poster I had printed at Spoonflower. The quality of the printing was actually not bad, although it was a little darker than what comes off our equipment. Photos will probably be darker than you like.
Two more things. First, the satin fabric that we ordered takes a hefty crease. It ships in a plastic envelope all folded up, and the creases will need to be ironed out.
The other issue is that the fabric has not been heat cut, and it frays quite a bit. If you don’t have a hot knife, you are going to have frayed edges, which are not only unsightly, but with handling will grow. The poster is printed on 57″ wide fabric, so if you trim this down to 48″ you are going to have frayed edges all the way around.
It took them 8 days to ship this research poster. When I ordered it, they said it would take 8-10 days. It was delivered a few days later by the US Postal Service. They caution you that delivery can take as long as 2-3 weeks, and our experience with the mail confirms that. Which is why we don’t ship that way. We use Fedex, and find their on time performance to be outstanding.
We’ve had a number of orders come in recently from customers asking for a canvas poster. I gotta tell ya, canvas is the wrong material to use for a research poster. I think a lot of it happens when people hear about our foldable fabric posters, and their mind thinks “canvas”.
What you want is a material that doesn’t crease, like the one pictured at the right. It’s a fairly thin polyester material that we searched really hard for, spent a lot of time qualifying, and have gotten to work quite well on our equipment. It gives us results that are comparable to paper. Which we think is pretty important.
The reason we want to use fabric is so that it can be folded and put in your carry-on luggage. That’s a whole lot easier to do than carrying a big poster tube, and it can save you a fee for an extra piece of luggage.
Canvas prints, while great for photos and artwork, are really not the stuff to be folded. We print a lot of both, and both have their place. Canvas for stretching as permanent artwork, foldable fabric for research posters.
The good news- the cost of both is roughly the same.