The previous designs for conference programs showed no respect for the hard work of the authors. Abstracts were treated simply as entries in a database. We strongly object to this and propose that conference programs should be designed with the same care as printed academic journals.
Example of bad design
- Abstracts are treated as database fields.
- All the font sizes and styles are the same. Important information (titles, number) should have a larger font size, while affiliations should be smaller (as is typical in a printed journal).
- As discussed in “Multi-lingual support”, displaying both English and Japanese next to each other makes it harder for readers to quickly read the content and should be avoided.
Below is the design for MBSJ2012.
- The design is based on top printed journals.
- Font sizes, styles and colors are used to make each element easily identifiable.
- Important information (title, number) is in larger font sizes.
- A two column layout is used so that readers do not have to move their eyeballs long distances.
Historically very little effort was put in the design of conference programs. It is time for this to change.