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Assignment | Criminology Research Proposal & Presentation (Phelps): Poster

Fall 2019 | SOCI 2336 | Prof. K. Phelps

General Resources


Which program should you use?

PowerPoint will have zero learning curve, and you can do a surprisingly good deal with it beyond its actual function of presentation software. It also has built-in support for creating charts and graphs.

InDesign is actually intended for doing page layouts, but unless you're already familiar with it, you will need to spend time learning the tools and how to work inside it. (This is what your librarian used to make a poster for a conference, actually!) Photoshop similarly is a complex program with a bit of a learning curve just to accomplish the basics, but (in my opinion at least) is in some ways a little more straightforward about what you're doing in it than InDesign.

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Get InDesign

Unfortunately, this one isn't available to students for free to install, BUT it is available in the library. Both Macs in 12.835 and 6 PCs in 12.810 have the Adobe Creative Suite installed.

Adobe Photoshop

Pro-Tip! Since you're not printing your poster, you don't need to set as high a resolution. The video above suggests about 150 ppi, which would be fine. 72 ppi is the standard for web images, though not correctly so. The higher the resolution, in addition to the large scale of your poster, will mean a higher and higher file size. If you're worried about that, go for the 72 ppi end.

Get Photoshop

Unfortunately, this one isn't available to students for free to install, BUT it is available in the library. Both Macs in 12.835 and 6 PCs in 12.810 have the Adobe Creative Suite installed.