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Title (or Header): Is it large enough to be seen from a distance? Is there sufficient space between our title and our body content?

Introduction: Look at how it matches our conclusion. We have accentuated it by increasing the leading, and we’ve boxed out each section to create balance and harmony in our poster.

Columns: When using columns, force justify the content in your text block. Don’t hyphenate words and reflow the text to eliminate this. Never leave a single word on its own in a line at the end of a paragraph.

Graphs and images: Always oversize graph labels, so that they can be seen from a distance.
Always include a caption for all graphs and images. Try putting a one pixel black border line around all photographs, and make sure all logos are print resolution ready.

Fonts + Colours: Limit your choice of fonts to two; one for the header and one for the body copy and limit your use of colours to two or three - remember that less is more.

References: Follow one of the standard format of referencing material, especially journal articles that support your research. (Max. 5 citations).

Acknowledgments:“Thank individuals for specific contributions (equipment donation, statistical advice, laboratory assistance, comments on earlier versions of the poster); mention who has provided funding; be sincere but do not lapse too much into informality in this section.” *

Contact details: “You can use this section to provide your e-mail address, your web site address, or perhaps a URL (or QR code; example) where they can download a PDF version of the poster or relevant data.” *


* Thanks to Colin Purrington for these tips.

Try to create something of interest. Here we have flowed the text around human figure. This helps it stand out.

Most desktop publishing applications can perform this function.  View a video tutorial on how to wrap text in MS Word 2007.

Remember to pay attention to detail. Make sure that all captions are correctly aligned and that there is the same white space weighting throughout the poster. Why do we do all this? Well we want to be unique, creative and we want to stand out from the crowd!