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IGC 2020 poster layout guide

Participants attending the IGC 2020meeting are invited to make presentations as well as display posters. Those unable to attend will be represented by posters only.​


Full instructions can be found in these downloadable pdf files.

Request Adobe InDesign templates via the button below or geodesigncollab@gmail.com

Note: Use .idml file for older versions of Adobe InDesign

Geodesign poster formats for the IGC 2020 Exhibition

We are providing you with links to mock-ups of proposed layouts dimensioned in both metric and US units.  Please download and review these PDF files. There are three:

  1. The key elements are indicated by red boxes.  The indicated material must appear in these boxes, arranged as shown so that we will be able to make side-by-side comparisons between projects.

  2. The same template showing the design grid on which these elements are arranged.

  3. The same as the first but with the grid and boxes removed to give a better visualization of how the posters will look.


Key characteristics:


The standard presentation poster is printed at A0 size (841 x 1189mm, 33.11 x 46.81")

Each participant project gets two posters following the layout outlines below

For Redlands, all posters will be in English

Font will be Arial.  Titles 90pts, Headings 48pts, Sub-headings 36pts, Body text 24pts.

Example display in the IGC 2020 Exhibition format

Note: Red boxes indicate required content, located as shown above

Note: Request Adobe InDesign templates via the button above or geodesigncollab@gmail.com
More details on poster assembly and layout

Download poster mockups

Poster 1

Poster 2

Geodesign scenarios MUST conform to this layout:

IGC Layout and Graphic Suggestions 

Ideally all teams will use the Adobe InDesign templates provided to prepare posters with readable text that will be made available to all participants to enable machine translation into other languages.  We will provide instructions for uploading all InDesign and supporting graphics files to a central repository.


The major grid elements described above and in the templates were determined to ensure that material transfers well to powerpoint (two major squares side-by-side per slide), and print (major squares on facing pages) representations.  For that reason, except in very unusual circumstances, all graphic and text elements should appear within major grid frames as shown on this mock-up and not cross the major divisions.


Beyond those constraints, participants are encouraged to use their full creativity to convey the background and supplemental material essential to their project. Larger-format maps and 3-D representations are encouraged. Use the best combination of maps, charts and 3-d visualization to convey your design but be consistent in using the same elements to convey each of the six scenario outcomes that have been specified. 3-d aerial oblique overviews are a useful format.  Use a viewpoint angle of elevation of about 45 degrees, horizontal angle of view 35-40 degrees.  3-d may not be appropriate for very large project areas.

Exhibition at IGC 2019

We already know the dimensions of the space where we will exhibit the work of the collaborating teams and the size and number of poster panels which will be available.

IMPORTANT: Because we have a large number of participants we have had to limit the amount of work that each participant shows, based on the time and space available to show and present in the IGC 2019 meeting. The format and presentation scope which we describe above are designed ONLY for the IGC conference. They do not limit geodesign activities that occur beyond the IGC meeting in other settings.


The space constraints and IGC 2019 formats therefore enable only your principal study areas to be shown in all three scenarios and time-stages in the poster format. We recommend that you divide the flexible space, outside the fixed "red box" areas, to provide project background, show your 2050 designs in more detail, and summarize the implications of your study. Sub-areas and supplementary designs can also be shown using the flexible spaces.


The basic IGC 2019  “one panel—two posters” strategy (Version A above) guides our thinking.  The layouts are designed for viewers to make comparisons by time and scenario, between pairs of projects at the same and different sizes, in the same and different geographic settings. As we approach the meeting we will assess whether to offer more exhibition space to teams with larger or more complex study areas (Version B at end of page). If you believe you could benefit from more space, please communicate with the IGC Core group.​

Mounting the IGC 2019 Exhibition and what happens afterwards

The IGC 2019  display format is designed for viewers to make comparisons by time and scenario, between pairs of projects at the same and different sizes, in the same and different geographic settings.

Beyond IGC 2019, all collaborating schools are free to mount their own exhibitions using any or all material from the collaboration, including the work of any other school.  Translation of text into other languages will be enabled and is encouraged.


Why and how will project posters be reviewed?

The ability to make comparisons between projects is central to this project.  We are requesting 1 January submission in electronic format to allow enough time to reconcile format inconsistencies etc.  The core group will conduct this review and will consult with participants on any modifications that are necessary.

When and how will projects be presented and displayed?

All posters will be exhibited in the IGC meeting and in the Geodesign Summit. Projects will also be presented in powerpoint format during the IGC meeting.  A few may be selected to also be shown in a powerpoint presentation at an IGC session during the Geodesign Summit

What if some participants fail to complete their projects in the format required?

The core group reserve the right to exclude non-conforming projects and offer others more display space.

Will participants need to print their own posters for display?


Closer to the time you will be given precise instructions for assembling and depositing electronic files of all presentation work so that printing can be done on-site.  The deadline for receiving electronic files for review by the core group is 15 January 2019.

Version B, 4-poster layout, by IGC invitation only
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