We’ll create our poster in two stages.

# Poster at bottom of HW document

First, design all the content of the poster at the bottom of your HW document. There are several advantages to doing this before moving directly to the poster format.

• It allows you to focus on the content of the poster, rather than fiddling with the layout.

• All your code, writing, etc., are right in this document. You can copy sections above that you want in your poster, paste them at the bottom.

• If you decide you need to make a change to a variable, etc., you can change it above and the reproducible research framework will update it all for you.

Things to consider:

• By looking at the poster template you have the perspective that space is limited, so you’ll want to focus on 2 analyses and choose the most data-rich and informative plots to illustrate the data and results.
• While many presenters put paragraphs of text on their posters, the reality is that visitors to the posters tend not to read them like a book. You’ll want a few bullet points to describe the main ideas, clearly labelled plots and tables with terse and informative captions.

## In-class assignment

Get a start on your poster HW. Look at the homework for this week, copy/paste the poster structure from the HW to the bottom of your project document, and complete these sections:

1. (2 p) Introduction

2. (2 p) Research Questions

• At least one of your two research questions that you specified in last Thursday’s in-class assignment.
1. (2 p) Methods

2. (4 p) Results for your first research question.

• Results corresponding to (2).

# Transfer to poster template

Second, we’ll copy this content into the poster template (next week or two).

• The poster template is in $$\LaTeX$$, a richer markup language than markdown. Markdown has been great for us this semester, it gives us a lot of power without needing a lot of syntax. LaTeX can do more, but at the cost of being more complicated. I have done what I can to make it easy to use. Still, plan on making a few mistakes, feeling stuck, and needing some help from a peer mentor to make everything all better.

• See the video online for the transition from markdown to LaTeX poster, there are a few details to know that will help you a lot (and possibly save you hours of frustration).

• The header in LaTeX has much more, but you just need to change the title and author.

• Code chunks are similar, but the “start” and “end” of chunks have different symbols.

• There are boxes for sections of each column. Make sure that a “begin” has an “end”.

Things to consider:

• Compile your poster often. I recommend after each time you change something. If it stops working, the more often you compile, the easier it will be to discover the problem. (Hint: it was probably the last thing you did that broke it.)

• I recommend getting all the content in the poster before spending time formatting things to look good. It’s too easy to inconsequentially spend too much of time on formatting without impacting the content. Content first, then pretty.