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Poster Design: Tips for Creating a Successful Poster: Design Tips

Poster Basics

  • Remember: A poster is a visual presentation and should be designed that way.
  • The guidelines of the conference or your assignment should be exactly followed.  In fact, if any of this advice runs contrary to that, disregard it!
  • Wondering if you have too much text? Then you probably do.  You don't want to put the whole paper on the board.
  • On the other hand, you want your audience to be able to understand it without verbal explanation.
  • Catch the audience's attention.
  • Let them know what question you were trying to answer or your idea.
  • Where did that answer or your idea lead? Or where could it lead?

Design Tips

  • Make it about an idea, and present that idea visually
  • Again, keep text to a minimum.  Don't try to put everything on the poster. Use it to spark conversation.
  • Maximize space.  This doesn't mean cram everything in; white space is an important part of the layout
  • Make the content practical, if you can.  How can this be applied to other people?
  • Have a visual element that ties it together
  • Use color sparingly.  You want your poster to be united.
  • Use a light-colored background, or at least, try not to use black text on a dark background and avoid white text.
  • In general, you want your title to be about 72-120 point font; headers between 48-80 point
  • In general, the body text should be at least 24-point font.  14-point font should be the smallest you ever go, and only for footnotes.  The bigger, the better.


Design tips were adapted from the following sources:

UWF Student Scholar Symposium

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