Nothing kills a great idea quite like a mediocre poster. Even though this versatile visual medium is one of the most effective ways to communicate complex ideas, many academic posters are crowded with tiny text, fuzzy photos, and hard-to-read graphics. Not good.

While other fields have to clear their own paths to Nice Poster World, the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is expediting the process for Cornell planners. The department is offering cash prizes for the best posters–$500 for the overall best submission, $250 to the runner-ups. That’s at least 250 $1 beers or the cost of 1/4 of one credit at Cornell!

The image above has more information about the competition, including entry guidelines. The deadline to submit is 10 a.m. on March 18.

The posters will be displayed at the Open House for accepted students on March 22, and poster-makers will be on hand to discuss the fruits of their immense creative genius.

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