Graduate School Graubünden

15. März 2016 – 11. April 2016

LECTURERProf. Tanja Hess, lecturer for visualization at HTW Chur
DATEsTuesday: March 15, 22, 29; April 5
Monday, April 11
LocationConference room
SIAF Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research
Obere Strasse 22
7270 Davos
TEACHING GOALS You learn how to create compelling scientific posters. This course is ideal for anyone who is planning to contribute a poster to the conference “Graubünden forscht – Young Scientists in Contest”.
CONTENTSession 1: The little details do matter in typography.
Typography is all about arranging type, letters or characters in a way that enables communication, learning, and recognition.
However, typography is more than just the design of letters and characters – it also involves careful arrangement and selection of point size, line length, and spacing both on a single line and throughout an entire page. Learn the basics of typography to lead the eye to the content you want to communicate. If you know the basics of typography, you will be able to lay out an arrangement of headers, paragraphs, etc. in an attractive and convincing way.
Learn how it works that every little change you make to a word or a body of text makes a huge difference in the overall piece.

Session 2: Learn to address the language of design.
Layout is the language of design in order to create successful compositions to transmit the content of your scientific research.
This course is an introduction to the principles of two-dimensional design through a systematic study of its abstract elements; line, size, shape, space, value, texture, color, proportion, and scale as pertaining to page layout.
Projects will incorporate basic design elements into a broad spectrum of creative sources and ways of thinking.
This course uses both computer and hands-on methods to address the language of design in creating dynamic and visually well-organized compositions. These skills will be used in the fifth lesson.

Session 3: Put all content and thoughts on paper first.
Content architecture is most important to all contents like text and images and is all about leading the reader’s eye and the reader’s thoughts.
Information architecture starts with a structure beginning with the top-level framework. Design is about solving problems. With a structured layout and a clear hierarchy, you will achieve attention. Exploring different typefaces and colors is part of the discovery phase of this project.

Session 4: Charts are the sexy part in science.
Charts are a great tool to communicate fast and visually. Transmitting data via charts makes your scientific posters compelling and unforgettable.
Import your data, design your chart and then start to communicate it. Learn to select the best templates that convey your content in the best manner.
Then, make the templates unique.
Edit text, fonts, and colors. Change as much or as little as you want to. Use the skills you learned in the previous sessions.
Export your visualizations for further use in a hands-on workshop in poster design.

Session 5: Bring your design and layout skills together.
Create your scientific poster in this hands-on workshop. Make your very own scientific poster ready for printing and online use.

TARGET AUDIENCEThe course is open to doctoral candidates and scientific staff of member and partner institutions of Academia Raetica.
COURSE PREPARATION Bring paper, pen, notebook, and smartphone. No graphic software needed.
REGISTRATIONOnline registration is now closed.
CONTACTDaniela Heinen
Graduate School Graubünden
Berglistutz 8
7270 Davos Platz
081 410 60 80

None. You will receive a course certificate issued by the Graduate School Graubünden and the HTW Chur.