UCSF Communicators Network Resources
Kiosk on Medical Sciences 9
In the elevator lobby of the 9th floor of the Medical Sciences building, a wall-mounted television displays public announcements moderated by the School. This display is seen by most PharmD students and some School of Pharmacy faculty and staff. It is also seen by some people outside of the School of Pharmacy. In particular it is on a common footpath for those traveling between Parnassus Avenue and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building, which is the headquarters for the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research.
Who may submit
Any UCSF individual or entity is welcome to submit an announcement.
How to submit an announcement to the kiosk
- Create: Create your announcement. (See below.)
- Make shareable: Upload your image to your UCSF Box account and get a share link for it. (Avoid using email, since email applications often compress images to make the filesizes smaller, which can reduce the image quality.)
- Submit: Notify Rodney Yun (email@example.com, 415-502-4872) that you have a new announcement, and include the share link. If the date that the announcement should be removed is not obvious, include it.
What happens next?
Your announcement is reviewed by Rodney usually within two business days. If approved, your announcement appears on the television alternating with the other announcements. If rejected, Rodney will send you email letting you know why. If your announcement has an obvious end date, it is removed from the kiosk after that date has passed.
- Creating announcements: Contact Web Production and Technology Manager Frank Farm (415-502-5372, firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Moderation: Contact Education Systems Analyst Rodney Yun (415-502-4872, email@example.com).
How to create a kiosk announcement
Download a template:
Use a graphics editing application to create your message by adding your own text and images. If you don't have a desktop application such as Adobe Photoshop, consider these:
Do not use Word or PowerPoint—these are not graphics-editing applications, and you'll get poor results.
- Export or save as PNG-24 or JPEG. If you are given an option to specify the quality of the saved file, use the highest quality setting.
- Drag the finished file into a web browser window, then click the image once to make sure you're viewing it at actual size.
- Inspect the image, checking for quality. Watch out for posterization and compression artifacts.
Details for designers
For best results, your announcement should match these specifications:
- 16:9 width-to-height ratio
- At least 1366 × 768 pixels
- PNG-24 or JPEG
- Use the highest quality setting if available
- Use anti-aliasing if available
- images only—no video
- Ratio: Width-to-height ratios other than 16:9 will produce suboptimal results because your announcement will be scaled to fit the display.
- Dimensions: If your file is larger than 1366 × 768 pixels, that's okay, but since larger files take longer to download and use more bandwidth with no improvement in quality, we prefer exactly 1366 × 768 pixels if you can do it. Smaller than this size will result in suboptimal image quality because your announcement will be scaled to fit the display.
- File formats: Other file formats might work, but JPEG and PNG-24 usually provide the best results.
- Video: The kiosk currently does not support video.
- Be relevant to our audience.
- Be public. The kiosk is not the right way to deliver private messages. Use our LISTSERV email mailing lists instead for that.
- Be brief. Each slide appears for 25 seconds before another slide is shown, so if you have a lot of text, run a time test with a few people so that everything can be easily read within 25 seconds.
- Provide context. For example, instead of submitting just a photo, open the photo with any image editing tool such as photoshop.com and add some text to explain what's happening in the photo.