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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

Labels

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

Title

Authors & Affiliations

Introduction
Results 1
Results 4
Purpose
Results 2
Conclusions
Methods
Results 3
References

 

 

 

General Tips for Designing Posters

Designing Posters for the Sciences

Craft of Scientific Posters (from Penn State)

How to make a Scientific poster?  (from wikihow)

Designing Scientific Research Posters ( a PPT file from Purdue OWL)

Designing Posters for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Poster Design Guideines for the Humanities (from Stanford)

Design Tips for Creating an Arts and Humanities Poster (Blog post by Mark McDayter, an English Professor at Western University)

Designing Conference Posters (Advice from "Pimp my Poster" Website Founder)