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Producing an Academic Poster (2013 Edition)

Some tips and advice for staff and students

Adam Read

on 18 June 2013

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Don't overload with text
Producing an Academic Poster

Senior e-Learning Technologist
University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth

Adam Read
Before you start remember...
Posters are a visual presentation
If you need to use arrows to indicate the
flow - your layout probably isn't great!
Try to stick to a few colours
that compliment each other
Title text should be visible
from around 6 metres away
Use high resolution images
so don't overload them with text
Use 48 point text or larger
enlarging photos and other graphics will reduce quality
Think carefully about your
it may not be appropriate to use specialist terminology or 'jargon'
It's easier if you plan your content
and layout before you start
you can mock-up a design by hand if you like
Posters should be eye catching
use imagery and an interesting title to draw people in
Size and Quality
It is important to design your
poster at the 'actual size' that
it will be printed
Creating an A4 poster in Word and then printing it on an A1 printer will dramatically reduce the quality
Where possible work at
300dpi resolution
Useful paper dimensions:
A1 - 594mm x 841mm
A3 - 297mm x 420mm
Think About Colour
Be wary of using high levels of contrast
Think about your audience
avoid distracting background colours or patterns
in some cases 'shocking' colours can be used to highlight key points
Use colour wheels to help
e.g. http://kuler.adobe.com
Get The Right Layout
Use columns to help
structure your information
Create some rough sketches
of page layout first
Your poster should be well structured
just like any other piece of academic writing
For example - structuring a poster for research output:
Let's Talk About Text
Body text should be readable from 2 metres away
Size 24 point or larger
you should choose a clear
sans serif font for body text
e.g. Arial, Verdana or Calibri
you can use funky fonts in moderation
have a look at http://www.dafont.com for free downloads
keep the word count down!
aim for between 300 - 800 words
Use clipart sparingly
photos will look much more professional
You should use copyright cleared images

Look for *Creative Commons materials:
advanced image search in Yahoo or Google
http://www.sxc.hu/advanced_search use restricted=no
*remember to credit sources
Use charts & graphs to display ideas & results
Software Suggestions
Useful Links
It's up to you which software
you use to design your poster
Make sure it supports the size you want and
high resolution print materials
MS PowerPoint or MS Publisher
might be the best place to start
You can get better results with software like Photoshop / inDesign
but these are more complicated to use
Whatever you use remember to set the correct size before you start!
Online Poster Tutorial
(University of Leicester)
Flickr Images - CC Search
Microsoft Publisher Help Pages
Microsoft PowerPoint Help Pages
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