Guidelines for Poster Sessions

General Guidelines for Creating a Successful Poster

  • Rewrite your paper into poster format
  • Reduce the amount of text to the bare essentials:
    (have headers such as “Introduction,” “Context,” “Findings,” “Conclusion”)
  • Headings of more than 6 words should be in upper and lower case, not all capitals.
  • Never do whole sentences in capitals or underline to stress your point, use bold characters instead.
  • When laying out your poster leave breathing space around you text. Don’t overcrowd your poster.
  • Use charts, graphs, images, and maps to break up text and to enhance your argument.
  • Spell check and get someone else to proofread.
  • Include a small bibliographic section as well as a further information section.


Examples on the web that provide examples of layouts: 

Creating a poster using Power Point:

    • The standard poster template is 44” x 36” in landscape (horizontal) format.
    • Bear in mind you do not need to fill up the whole space allocated. Do not make your poster bigger than necessary just to fill that given size.
    • The body text /font size should be between 24 and 32 points.
    • Keep body text left-aligned, do not justify text.
    • The color of the text, title and poster background can be changed to the color of your choice, but make sure there is sufficient contrast so that your audience can read the poster easily.
    • Try using photographs or colored graphs. The best type of image files to insert are JPEG or TIFF, but JPEG is the preferred format
    • Avoid long numerical tables.
    • For simple graphs use MS Excel, or do the graph directly in PowerPoint.



Once you have completed your poster, print it at Kinkos or a similar shop.


Creating a Traditional Tri-Fold Poster Board

Tri-fold poster boards can be found at any craft store as well as at many chain stores like Target.

      • It is easy to create necessary contrast by “framing” text over colored construction paper
      • As with electronic posters, do not cram too much information. Make sure to leave sufficient space around each component
      • Do not handwrite any of the material.
      • Both paper and pictures will a glue stick. Alternately, you can use double-sided tape


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