Posters should be a maximum of 36" w X 42" h (3' w x 31/2' h) OR 42" w x 36" h
Materials Required for Hanging
Presenters should supply their own hanging materials. Depending on the hanging surface, these could include thumbtacks, double-sided tape, masking tape; velcro tape, etc.
Tips for Creating a Poster
An effective poster operates on multiple levels:
- source of information
- conversation starter
- advertisement of your work
- summary of your work
Many ineffective posters suffer from easy-to-fix problems, including:
- objective(s) and main point(s) hard to find
- text too small
- poor graphics
- poor organization
Your poster should:
- use a visual grammar to guide readers to the important parts of your poster.
- use a column format to make your poster easier to read in a crowd.
- use organization cues to guide readers through your poster.
- use "reader gravity" which pulls the eye from top to bottom and left to right (Wheildon 1995).
- use headings intelligently to help readers find your main points and key information.
- balance the placement of text and graphics to create visual appeal.
- use white space creatively to help define the flow of information.
- Lets graphs and images tell the story;
- Good graphics - graphs, illustrations, photos - are the centerpiece of your poster.
- Write explanations directly on figures, instead of referencing from elsewhere.
- Use text sparingly.
- Text should be simple, direct and of a large font size.
- Text should be readable from a distance.
- Use phrases rather than full sentences.
- Microsoft Powerpoint is an easy to use tool for creating posters (template available for download below).
- Graphics may be created in Microsoft Excel and exported to Powerpoint.
- Adobe Illustrator and In Design, Adobe Photoshop are good for creating high quality graphics.
DOWNLOAD POSTER TEMPLATE
Download a fully customisable Research Poster Template in powerpoint (.pptx) format for a 36"x42" poster. Add graphics, change the fonts, colour scheme, layout etc. Instructions included on the template. (Source: posterpresentations.com).
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