Tag Archives: Posters

New Media Showcase on ScholarlyCommons: Highlights!

Last October, we introduced the ScholarlyCommons New Media Showcase, a repository of exceptional student work created using new media (like videos, comic books, images, posters, maps, and web projects). ScholarlyCommons is open access and allows us to share student work on a local, national, and global level. In fact, the front page of ScholarlyCommons has a map which shows downloads in real-time! You can see student work downloaded by users globally (be careful, it can be addicting to watch!).


When our Digital Literacy and Research Librarian, Vickie Karasic, asked if I would like to help with the creation of the New Media Showcase by talking to students and uploading their work, I was thrilled. My favorite part of working at WIC is supporting students through technology workshops, course interactions, contests, and one-on-one consultations. The New Media Showcase is an extension of this support–we now get to show off student work to the rest of the world! The showcase is robust and growing, but today I am going to highlight some of the excellent work from each showcase category: Comics, Images, Posters, Videos, and Web Projects.

Comics: Adventures with Austin by Katharine Cunningham

Our Comics section is popular, and Katharine Cunningham’s Adventures with Austin is a big hit. This comic won 2nd prize in Penn Libraries’ Comic Book Contest in 2009.

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Sheng created this image for the Got Visual? Poster Contest in 2010. Penn Libraries and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center sponsored this contest to promote visual literacy on campus. Sheng created this image based on four guiding questions:

  1. What does learning mean to you?
  2. How does learning happen?
  3. What helps learning happen?
  4. Where does learning take place?

Sheng hand drew this image using a tablet. If you are interested in trying something similar, come check out our Cintiq tablet in the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

Poster by Jiali Sheng.
Poster by Jiali Sheng.

Posters: Is Feminism Still Relevant? by Madeleine Stevens

Madeleine Stevens’ poster, Is Feminism Still Relevant?, has been downloaded globally a total of 165 times since February 2015! She created this poster for the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Key visual elements:

  • Cloud-like image formation
  • Central box to highlight main problem
  • Predominance of red, white, and blue colors

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Videos: WE by Mengxi Cissy Tan

Mengxi Cissy Tan won 1st prize for her video, WE, in the 2014 Video Contest sponsored by WIC. In this video, Tan tells a story from her childhood in her native language.

Web Projects: Coastal Zones by Gavriela Reiter

Gavriela Reiter created a beautiful web project using Piktochart. Created for Alain Plante’s ENVS 400 course in Spring 2015, Reiter creatively uses images to illustrate statistics.

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This is only a small sampling of the incredible student work we showcase on ScholarlyCommons, and we are adding new work as quickly as it comes in. Please take some time to peruse the site and see what your fellow students are up to! The showcase is another step in WIC’s 10-year history of supporting students.

Are you interested in seeing your own work published for the world to see? Fill out our permission form!


CURF Poster Showcase: Fall 2013

Each semester, we delight in attending the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium, where students present their original research on topics from musical topography to slum fires in cities. This September, David photographed some exemplary posters, highlighting their graphic design and visual literacy, popular topics here at WIC. Continue reading CURF Poster Showcase: Fall 2013

New Poster Printer Reservation System

poster-printing-torontoStarting today, we’re moving our Poster Printing Reservations to LibCal, the system we use for study room reservations.  Our hope is that this system is easier to use.

We are now printing 10 posters per day (instead of only 7) and you can now reserve a slot up to 1 week in advance (instead of only 36 hours)

Continue reading New Poster Printer Reservation System

Student Showcase – McNair Research Posters

Each summer, WIC staff and librarians from many parts of Penn Libraries have the distinct pleasure of helping the McNair Scholars cohort with their summer research projects. Last year, the students explored creation of research posters in addition to live presentations (with PowerPoint). This year, that trend continued. Nine McNair Scholars spent many days this summer in Van Pelt mastering reference managers and presentation software. Our staff helped students design, and refine, their posters, and we are glad to present a few examples in the 2012 McNair Student Poster Showcase. We look forward to assisting the nine student researchers as they continue to explore these topics over the upcoming school year.

New Poster Printer Prices

Due to rising costs, we’re changing our poster printing prices here at the Penn Libraries from 2 cents per sq. inch to 2.5 cents per sq. inch.  A 36″x48″ poster, for example, will now cost $43.20. (The very same poster would cost you $100 at Campus Copy or Kinkos/FedEx Office.)  We continue to accept only PennCash as a means of payment. For more exciting information on printing posters in the lab, be sure to check out our Poster Printer FAQ.

If you need help designing your poster, feel free to stop by the Vitale Digital Media Lab for help, or use our guide to get started on your own.

Exemplary Poster Design

Our poster printer has been humming along all year, and we have enjoyed helping students learn how to improve layout and design. This spring, we identified two exemplary posters from a large set shown at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) Undergraduate Research Symposium. Rick Laurent Feely gives prominence to jarring images and uses a mellow color palette to convey mood in his poster “Madhouse Messiah” about the early years of poet Allen Ginsberg.

Madhouse Messiah poster

Ollin Venegas neatly organizes the elements in his presentation to fit the narrative of his research in “Notions of Health and Manhood in a Guatemalan Gym: Patterns Contra to Machismo.”

Notions of Health and Manhood in a Guatemalan Gym poster

For more on designing research posters, consider attending our upcoming Photoshop for Research Posters workshop, which will be held on June 14th in the WIC Seminar Room.

Value Added

A student came into the Vitale Digital Media Lab earlier this week looking for some assistance.  She had created a poster that she would be presenting at a symposium (I love symposia), and she wanted to have a handout for people who came by so that they could take some of the relevant information about her and her research with them (which is a great idea, btw).  She had already designed a half-sheet flyer, but she wasn’t happy with it, and wanted to know if we could help her make it better:

So we talked with her about her goals for the flyer and about her research itself, and we suggested (among other things) using color (preferably the same colors she used in her poster itself), breaking the information into smaller chunks, adding a photograph that was relevant to her topic (she decided she wanted to use a photo of a doctor with a patient), and to keep it simple.  After she re-worked the handout, she was much happer with the new design:

Remember we’re here in the lab to help you with your projects.  Just as in this case, we won’t do it for you, but we’ll show you how you can do it yourself, and give suggestions along the way.  Stop by and see what we can do for you.

A big thanks to the Leah Brown, who let me share her “before and after” story! You can see Leah’s poster and more at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, tonight from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Houston Hall.