The infographic format of this conference replaces the old concept of the poster presentation, where a visual poster is created and brought to the conference and set up in a large room for display. This change is a result of two general goals of the conference: 1) to create more opportunities for engaging the participants in discussions, networking, and idea exchanges as a scheduled and structured part of the conference; and 2) to leverage technology so that both our face to face and virtual participants are engaged and involved in the session.
Therefore, the online infographic is an updated, 21st century relevant alternative to the traditional poster. Presenters who submit a proposal for the infographic format have the option to attend the conference in person or online.
During the conference, a scheduled segment of the program will be dedicated toward structured networking session, though all posters will be viewed through personal devices. An online concurrent session will take place for virtual participants to the conference. Therefore, submitting an infographic requires you to be available during a scheduled time in the program, regardless of face to face or online participation.
Research may be preliminary or exploratory, as well as completed studies, and should include the following type of information:
- Study Question or Hypothesis
- Research Methodology
- Brief Literature Review
- Results or Tentative Findings
Projects may be ongoing, small or large pilots, as well as completed projects. They should include the following information:
- Project Purpose
- Main Project Goals
- Brief Literature Review
- Lessons Learned
- Future Directions
An infographic is organized in a particular manner to showcase information visually. The design decisions are just as important as the information included because text is used minimally. Infographics can be organized in a variety of ways, so that you will make decisions on layout and presentation of information based on your content. However, here are a few resources that may help you with the design aspects:
- Great Big List of Infographic Ideas
This resource is an infographic that lists numerous organizational schemes by type of information to be included.
- 7 Essential Rules to Create Infographics
This resource describes some simple design elements to consider when combining fonts, colors, and layouts.
- The Anatomy of an Amazing Infographic
This resource combines recommendations for both design and content in order to make a strong impression.
Free Design Tools
Infographics can be created with a number of tools readily available online or for download, depending on your level of design knowledge. The easiest ones available for free are Canva and Piktochart. You may also use your favorite tool, if you have one.
Regardless of the tool you select, keep in mind that your final infographic needs to be saved as an image (.png or .jpeg), using a 1×4 aspect ratio (400×1600, 500×2000, 600×2400) which is legible on a mobile device or tablet.
Final deadline to upload infographics is August 31, 2018 in order to be included in the program.