Standing Peachtree and Indigenous New Media

Composition Project #1

Project Overview

Academic posters are an often-used visually-engaging way to summarize research, scholarly work, or creative projects. Posters highlight the context of the work conducted (through images like maps, photos, etc.), your methods, and the results (through images like graphs, charts, schematics, photographs, etc.). Posters should be able to convey the entire intended narrative without the support of verbal explanation. They should demonstrate a clear, logical flow of information as it is organized and communicated on the poster paper. Good posters respond to their rhetorical situations: showing awareness of audience, context, readability/accessibility, organization, and content knowledge.

The theme of this poster: Connecting your field of study with indigenous new media and communities AND sustainability. Finding the connections OR lack thereof.

Discussion Question

By 11:59pm on January 24, you should send a discussion question that summarizes your potential theme for the poster. Use the subject line ENGL 1102 Composition Project #1 Discussion Question for the email.


  • Demonstrate awareness of design principles: arrangement/layout, chunking/proximity, alignment, consistency, font, color, and contrast.
  • Develop focused research statement and cultivate knowledge on individually-chosen topic
  • Perform research of literature pertaining to chosen topic with scholarly resources


This project has two major parts: (1) the project statement and (2) the poster.

Project Statement (50 points)

  1. Describe the basic concepts of your poster.
  2. Explain the goals of your poster.
  3. Place your poster into conversation with our readings, discussions, and examples.
  4. Consider your own critical inquiry. How and where did you seek sources? Were those sources reliable?
  5. Consider design decisions ( arrangement/layout, chunking/proximity, alignment, consistency, font, color, and contrast).
  6. Your project statement should be at least 1000-1500 words. Anything less than the required word count will receive a failing grade. You should choose one citation style and use throughout your documents. You will tell me ahead of time what the citation style will be.
  7. 12 point Times New Roman double-spaced

Poster (100 points)

  1. The poster will feature a research topic of your choosing however, this topic should have some connection to indigenous media or communities and sustainability. The more localized you can make this, the better. The more you can connect it to your field of study, the better.
  2. The poster should be 24in. x 36in, in any orientation.
  3. The poster should show clear attention to design principles:  arrangement/layout, chunking/proximity, alignment, consistency, font, color, and contrast.
    1. Make your poster accessible: the font should be readable from 3-5 feet away.
    2. Make your poster stand out: try something new and innovative to engage your audience.
    3. Make it necessary: don’t put a bunch of fluff in your poster. Be purposeful.
  4. Your poster should incorporate both written and visual elements (such as images, graphs, charts, etc.).
  5. Your poster should have a clear, engaging, and direct title at the top of the poster. The top of the poster should also include your name.
  6. You will print this poster on a plotter printer. Plotter printers are provided through various on-campus resources. The Multimedia Studio has a plotter printer and charges $2.50 for a 24” print job.
  7. You will presenting your poster in a gallery walk on February 14. You will need to be able to walk an audience through your poster without reading it. Your presentation will need to accomplish the following:
    1. Your name.
    2. Describe the topic of your research.
    3. Describe why the research or enlightening to your field or area of study.
    4. Describe the “so what?” of your research.
  8. Your poster will be due the day of the gallery walk.

Points Breakdown

This project is worth 150 points, or 15% of your final grade. These points are broken up into two parts, as noted above in the project description. If this is unclear, direct questions to the course instructor.

Important Dates

February 14 — Gallery Walk — Posters and poster presentations due in class.


Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation AND Tips on Poster Presentations at Professional Conference