Video—Pretty simple • Must include: – Everyone’s name (orally or text) – Everyone’s face at some point – A video of the working project. • Should include: – Each person talking – A quick explanation of the project (how it works, what was hard, etc.) • Guidelines: – 3-5 minutes. – Posted on youtube – EECS 373 and Michigan should be in the title. – A brief written description of the project should appear as a comment. • And finally – Prefer to have it before the expo on Monday • Need to have it by Wednesday. – E-mail Matt and me a link.
Expo day • Start at 9:30am in the lab – Gives time for folks to set up and deal with things that go wrong • At least 2 people from each group there from 11-2:30 • Teardown and put away things 2:30-4:00pm – Clean up stations etc.
Posters for the Design Expo • A few quick things: – If you have them sent to Matt and me (as pdfs) by Friday before noon and we’ll print (and pay for) them, otherwise you’re on your own. – The printer I’ll be using is 36” wide. Poster boards are 32”x40”
Purpose of the poster • To give people something to read while you are talking to someone else. – Good pictures – Solid and clear details • To help draw people in. – If you project doesn’t move, you need something! – Pictures! • To give you something to point to as you talk – For parts of your talk you can point to the project • But basic ideas, including function and purpose need something more. – Pictures • And generally not of your project (it will be there too). – Sometimes you want pictures of it doing something though
Target audience • You’ll have folks ranging from embedded systems experts to random undergrads to family members. – The trick is to keep a narrative flowing with details available. • Generally “walls of text” can be okay for the detailed stuff.
Image issues • Be really sure you have high-resolution images. – Things generally look better on the screen than they do printed. • As an overkill rule-of-thumb, make it 2x as large on the screen as it will be printed. If that looks good, you should be golden. • At least a handful of images should be clear from 7 feet away. – Put it on the screen in normal size and stand 7 feet away. – Some, more detailed, images can be smaller. Use that carefully.
Text issues • Title and major topics should be easily readable at 7 feet. – Detailed text can be smaller. • Though 12 point font is the very smallest you should even consider for anything. Ever. – Really. • Avoid more than about 10 words per line. Especially if text is dense in that section. – Makes it hard to find the next line down when reading.
Viewing Sequences By Column By Row You really want the flow of the poster to be easy to figure out and follow. Use of columns or rows of white space to cause the reader to follow the poster as shown here and on the previous slide.
Finally: Practice before printing • Consider answering the following questions: – What does it do? – How does it work? – What was the most difficult part? – What would you do differently? • Are there any figures you really need to be able to point to in order to answer that question?