Poster Tips

A well-constructed poster is self-explanatory, achieving both coverage and clarity. Your e-poster can consist of multiple slides or just one. Use the tips below for formatting and making the most of this presentation.

Formatting Tips

  • Less is more. Be clear and concise with poster design and content. Overcrowding a poster makes it difficult to read.
  • Include your name and title in a larger, bolder font than you use throughout the rest of your poster.
  • Provide clear labels or headings for each section of your presentation.
  • Remember contrast. Put light-colored fonts on dark backgrounds and dark fonts on light-colored backgrounds so your viewers can see your text clearly.
  • Imbed high-quality graphics and videos.
  • If uploading a video presentation, avoid hyperlinks. Instead, links can be provided in the dedicated chat window on the platform for your presentation.

Content Tips

Coverage: In addition to title/author and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subject, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself the following:

  • Have I provided all the obvious information?
  • Will a casual observer understand my major findings after a quick perusal of my material?
  • Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
  • What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?

Clarity: People attending a poster session will have difficulty reading excessive text and small fonts. With this in mind, we recommend you do the following:

  • Use large fonts and limit text to essential information. Place your major points in the poster and keep the nonessential, but interesting, sidelights for informal discussion.
  • Keep content simple and communicate clearly.
  • Consider whether the sequence of information is evident. Indicate the order of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows when necessary.
  • Use captioned illustrations, photographs, graphs, video, or other types of visually appealing material.
  • Make your conclusions or summary a concise statement of your most important findings.

Online Resources for Poster Creation

These sites may provide other useful tips for preparing your e-poster. Be sure to adjust any formatting tips provided for best display as a PDF file on the platform.

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