Designing a Conference Poster and Plagiarism Run Amok

Many of you are involved with Conferences and designing those attention-grabbing posters that need to make a big splash. Probably someone out there, right this minute, is designing that eye-catching poster-riffic dazzler they know will stop foot traffic. 

If you're new to the poster-creation process, or just need a primer, there's help at your fingertips. Colin Purrington has a site that's essentially Poster Design 101. Very thorough and with tips galore. Colin takes you on a poster-creation journey that walks everyone through design, suggested software and all points in between. It's just doggone good. But as the saying goes, "no good deed goes unpunished". You see, from time to time folks borrow Colin's template and don't give credit where credit is due. And this is where it turns ugly.

Unfortunately, Colin has a first-hand account of cyber-bullying, and plagiarism and now finds his work hijacked by The Non-Profit From Hell. This Chronicle article maps out the ugly, sordid exchange typically representative of those all-too-familiar David and Goliath confrontations. As you read, try and keep your outrage in check because, sadly, justice doesn't appear to be anywhere NEAR forthcoming.  

 

Alonzo LaMont

alonzo@jhmi.edu


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