With the ALA Annual Conference wrapping up, there are likely several librarians and library school students breathing a sigh of relief after completing a successful presentation. Super proud of your poster? Feeling like your presentation slides were on point? April and I would like to encourage you to submit your poster / slide deck designs for an ALA Conference feature post.
In the mean time, today’s post is a poster from a different conference: The Maryland-Delaware Library Association Conference in beautiful Ocean City, MD. Jenise Overmier, Instruction Librarian at American University in Washington, DC, created a great poster using a combination of Canva and Google Slides. Here’s Jenise in her own words:
I saw a presentation at the Collective Conference in Knoxville, TN this past spring that featured Canva. When my poster proposal was accepted, my initial plan was to work with a colleague with a graphic design background as I have next to no design experience. But then I remembered Canva and decided to design it myself.I wanted to avoid cramming the poster with too much text. Most of the posters I’ve seen at conferences are so packed that you can hardly read them. It’s become a pet peeve of mine. I also wanted it to feel clean and incorporate images to accommodate attendees who are visual learners
I started with a very simple Canva template and a wireframe in Google Slides. Working from a wireframe really helped me stay on point. I wanted to include just enough information to incite conversation. I used Canva’s Design School blog to decide on a font pairing, added a few graphics from their free images, and some screen shots from the project I was presenting. The screen shots were my least favorite part of the poster but I was pressed for time and couldn’t think of a better way to visually represent the project.
As I’ve mentioned before, visualizing research is difficult, so congrats to Jenise for creating a wonderful poster! You can download a PDF version of this design via the Librarian Design Share Google Drive.