Poster Night is a fun and rewarding experience for first-time presenters and experienced practitioners alike.
Poster Night is the ultimate ice-breaker: a casual, low risk way to chat with dozens of [IAs] whose paths you might not otherwise cross – made even easier because there’s a topic right there in front of you.— Andy Fitzgerald, UX Architecture & Design Consultant
Posters are a low barrier-to-entry way to present your work and ideas at a major international conference.
You’ll get to know the community and share your insights with people who are interested in your topic, all in a relaxed and engaging online setting.
Submit your poster concept before February 10, 2021. If your poster is accepted, we’ll send you a how-to packet on preparing your poster and presentation, and provide technical support in getting set up on the online platform.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Poster Night?
A conference poster session is a sort of science fair for adults. Presenters display a poster-form visual that represents a case study, a technique, an idea, or an interesting set of research findings. Attendees move from poster to poster and engage with the presenters about the topics that look most interesting to them. It’s an easy-going, social way to exchange ideas on a wide range of topics.
When is Poster Night?
Poster Night will be Wednesday, April 28 from 5:00 – 6:30 pm EDT.
How will it work in an online conference?
Poster Night will be held in real-time in an online, interactive environment that uses a visual whiteboard to display the posters and a telepresencing platform in which presenters and attendees can talk.
What do I do as a presenter?
Prior to the event, you’ll finalize your poster and your talking points. We will work with you to get your poster and other materials online and practice using the platform so you’re ready for the Poster Night event.
Am I eligible for a conference discount?
If you present a poster, we’ll give you a discount code for conference registration.
How complete does my poster need to be before I submit a proposal?
You don’t need a finished poster to submit. All you need is a concept. If your idea is accepted, you’ll need to send a draft of your poster for review by March 16.
I’ve never presented a poster before. How should I prepare?
If your poster is accepted, we’ll send you a how-to packet on preparing your poster and talking points. We’ll have a technical rehearsal to get you comfortable with the tools we’re using to create the online environment.
What is the format for poster presentations? How big can my poster be?
Each presenter gets space in the online presentation hall and an audio/video channel in the telepresence platform.
Posters should be sized to display in a web browser. They can be either horizontal or vertical.
In addition to your graphic poster describing an idea, technique, case study, or research, you can also provide downloads, links to other resources or virtual spaces, show videos, engage attendees in a game, or lead interpretive dances about information architecture. Your imagination and the space are about the only limits.
When do I set up my poster?
Presenters can upload their posters to the online presentation hall between April 1 and April 25. We will have a technical rehearsal on April 25 so you can be comfortable using and moving about the virtual Poster Session environment.
Will I be listed on the website?
Yes! A list of all poster presenters will be on the website, so you can announce your participation on all your social channels. If you’re selected to participate, we will need a headshot and short bio from you for the Speakers’ page.
We also archive all the posters.
- IAC19 Poster Night
- IAC20 Poster Night (forthcoming)
How long is Poster Night?
Poster Night runs from 5:00 – 6:30 PM EDT. Please plan to stay the whole time.
What else do I need to know?
Presenters and all attendees are expected to adhere to the conference Code of Conduct.
Submit your poster concept before February 10, 2021.
What’s it really like?
Poster Night allowed me to truly feel like a part of the IA community – speaking to peers and industry experts, I lost my imposter syndrome as my viewpoints and techniques were respected and my frustrations were found to be universal.Paige DuPont, Information Architect at Logic Department
Hallway conversations often rank as the best part of any conference, hands down… Poster Night is like ONE BIG HALLWAY CONVERSATION to which you’re allowed to bring your own visual aid… I highly recommend Poster Night to first-timers and conference veterans alike!— Jason Alderman, Experience Designer at Cloud Chamber