Content is divided across panels that usually fit on letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches) (Mandoli, 2007). Pro: Printing letter size poster panels is relatively inexpensive and the printers are readily available. Con: This layout is less common at professional scientific meetings.
Format Text for easy reading
Emphasize text with different styles and sizes.
Try these settings so headings stand out in single sheet posters (Hofmann, 2010):
Title: 90 point, boldface Subtitles: 72 point Section headings (Introduction, etc.): 32 to 36 point Other text: ideally 22 to 28 point
Crowded text is hard to read. Try line spacing at 1.15, 1.25, 1.5, or double spacing.
Text in formulas, legends, and illustration labels should be sufficiently large.
Large headings may be easier to read in sans-serif fonts like Arial, Helvetica, and Calibri
Avoid large blocks of text. Bulleted Lists may be easier to read.
For graphs, y-axis labels are easier to read when aligned horizontally.
Remove visual clutter ~~ Leave empty space between sections.
Remove grid lines in graphs.
Bright colors and backgrounds may be distracting, use sparingly, and try muted hues.