Poster Design Guidelines
Your faculty mentor must approve the content of your poster. Once you and your faculty mentor have finalized the poster content, create a design of your poster using a template: horizontal or (the vertical design is preferable). The poster can be designed by you or a professional graphic/art service (at your own expense).The Graphics and Presentations Design/Presentations Lab no longer designs posters, but will arrange for printing them (at your own expense). You will need to attach a pdf of the design you’ve created to the online production request.
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Poster Design Tips
- Posters should be constructed to be mounted on screen flexes (covered with fabric) that we will provide. You’ll hang your poster with T-pins or Velcro (provided).
- Posters should be in a 3′ x 4′ format. A vertical design is preferable.
- If you cite something in your poster, there needs to be a bibliography in your poster.
- Make sure your font size is legible and photos, if any, are not too dark.
- Consider using a handout to define terminology if your poster is highly technical.
- Less is more. Your poster should not be text-heavy or appear crowded. If you want to communicate details, could you provide a handout with more information? (But note that no exhibits, models or computers may be used with the poster.)
- Can your information be communicated graphically through a chart, diagram, etc.?
- Regarding the hierarchy of information presented on your poster, emphasize your main point (thesis) graphically with a larger font size, higher placement or color. (But don’t use too many colors!)
- Chunk information to represent conceptual relationships (text boxes, bullets, etc.).
- Keep in mind that placement of text over a graphic makes reading difficult.
- Double-check spelling and grammar. (Have someone else read it, too.)