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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.
Content is printed on a 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
Beautiful Evidence / Edward R. Tufte. P93.5 .T837 2006. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2006.
Envisioning Information / Edward R. Tufte. 10th printing, Mar. 2005. ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 1990, 2005. P93.5 .T84 2005
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: 32 to 36 point
Other text: ideally 22 to 28 point
Other formatting tups:
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.