Posters are used widely in the academic world, and conferences often include poster presentations. Posters share information or research in a concise and attractive way to help others understand the research and to open up a discussion about the topic.
Posters usually include a mix of text, tables, graphs, images, and reference sources.
Typically authors of the poster stand near the display to interact with visitors.
Guidelines on fonts
Use fonts that are clear and legible; this is not the time to use "fun" or decorative fonts. Font sizes can vary, so use these suggested sizes as guidelines. Remember the environment you will be in and make sure your text is legible.
Your title should be no more than 2 lines long
The title should be readable from 10 feet away
Capitalize the first letter of all words except short prepositions and conjunctions
Do not use all capitals
Font size: about 80 point
Authors should be listed under the title
Font size: about 60 point
Use headings to divide up major sections, such as introduction, methods, conclusions, and the like
Font size: about 44 point
Font size: about 32 point
Font size: about 24 point
Font size: about 20 point
What makes a good poster?
Important information - such as the title - should be readable from 10 feet away; all text should be readable from 3 feet away
Title is short and sparks interest
Word count for the poster should be no more than 1,000 words
Writing should be clear and concise
Bullets, numbers, and subheads help emphasize points and make it easier to read
Use 3 or 4 columns
Graphics and color should help readers understand the content; make sure they add to the overall content and not distract from it
Layout should be clean and consistent; for example, if you round the corners on one text box, do it on all of them
Include acknowledgments, all author names, and your institutional affiliation