Here you will find the posters from our annual AEA conference from the last several years, along with some additional award-winning posters. Under each poster image, look for a brief description of what made it a winning entry.
The poster successfully uses colors, big pictures, and data visualization to communicate key points. The poster isn’t overloaded with text; rather, there’s just enough text to support the content. Nice!
The poster relies on one spot color (green), arrows, and light background colors to guide the reader through the poster and the work it represents. The bold headings framed as questions further serve to draw the reader in. Beautiful and engaging!
"What the winning designs had in common were an emphasis on the results/findings of the work featured in the poster. Most posters had the punchline, the findings or results, at the lower bottom right hand corner, which is the most de-emphasized real estate of the poster. Typically the amount of real estate that the findings/results took up was less than 25% of the poster.
In the winning designs, the results/findings took up nearly half of the real estate of the poster (The designs could have been even better if that information was located in the upper left hand corner--prime poster real estate). This is what drew us into these posters to learn more about what the presenters had learned from their work that they could share.
You will notice that the NASA poster has noticeably more detail than the Youth Impact Measurement poster. We thought the NASA poster could have benefited from a little less information and the Youth Impact Measurement could have used a little more. This is a balance in poster design that can be challenging to strike. The Youth Impact Measurement poster did come with a hand out including the details of the 15 selected measurement tools that provided complementary detail to the poster, thus striking that balance."
- Poster Contest Judge
Note the consistent use of color, inclusion of graphics, readable text, and demarcation of sections via headings in bands of color.
Note the use of large graphics, unconventional headings, succinct study description.
Note the central focus on the image, very succinct supporting text, a QR code to get more information about the study, the visual depiction of a complex topic (augmented reality).
Note the inclusion of clean data displays, lots of empty space, clear groupings of content, use of diagrams to explain background, consistent color scheme.
Note the condensed text, emphasis colors in tables, consistent use of color, highlighted implications via the blue text box, ample space between columns.