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Design your poster
Use VISUAL EXPLANATIONS: Illustrations, photographs, flowcharts, figures, graphs, and tables can explain a lot in a little space.
Add descriptive titles and legends for visuals
USE poster design templates: search Google for "poster template" and the software you will use.
- DEVELOP a logical progression of ideas, text, and visuals
- LINEAR flow from left to right and from top to bottom.
- ALIGN text and images neatly in columns.
- FOLLOW standard patterns: introduction & methods in the left-hand column, results in the middle, and remaining text in the right-hand column.
SINGLE SHEET OF PAPER
Pro: This layout is common at scientific meetings.
Con: Requires a large format printer available at special printing facilities. The cost may exceed $50 or more.
Images & Graphic presentation
/ Edward R. Tufte. P93.5 .T837 2006. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2006.
/ Edward R. Tufte. 10th printing, Mar. 2005. ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 1990, 2005. P93.5 .T84 2005
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
/ Edward R. Tufte . 2nd ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2001. HA31 .T914 2001.
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
/ Edward R. Tufte. 7th prt, revisions, June 2005. ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2005. BF241 .T83 2005
Content is divided across panels that usually fit on letter size paper (8.5 x 11 inches) (Mandoli, 2007).
: Printing letter size poster panels is relatively inexpensive and the printers are readily available.
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.