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Research Posters: Creation, Design, & Best Practices

What makes Effective posters?

​Effective posters are:

  • Visually Appealing and Readable

  • Well organized

  • To the point

Best Practices for making Effective Posters:

  • Use dark text on a light background

  • Be consistent in use of one font and one style 

  • Use Terminology that is understandable to audience.

  • Limit amount of text (Tip: try a Word Count of between 500 to 800 words (or less)

  • Width of text boxes should be about 40 characters (11 words per line)

  • Use of bullets and numbering lists makes the content easier to read

Suggested Font Sizes:

Poster Title

Section Title

Figure Caption

Regular Text


Standard sections found in a Research Poster

  • Titles
  • Authors and affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Future Directions
  • References
  • Acknowledgements

Layout of a Typical Research Poster

  • Poster should be arranged with content in columns running top down, left to right.
  • Allow for plenty of space between sections


Authors & Affiliations

Results 1
Results 4
Results 2
Results 3




Designing Posters for the Humanities and Social Sciences