The goal of your poster is to communicate your project and findings as clearly and efficiently as possible. Visuals (diagrams/graphs/photos) will be easier for your audience to understand while you are presenting your poster than large paragraphs of text. Be deliberate about which components are written out in text and don’t use more text than you need.
Briefly provide any (necessary) background info to introduce the project
Clearly communicate your research questions or hypothesis
Provide necessary details to help an audience understand your experimental design
Use visual aids and make them large enough to easily see. This may be diagrams of setup or background info (provide citation if not made by you). For data, this may be graphs or images.
State main conclusions
Sans Serif Font (i.e. Arial, Calibri, Helvetica, Verdana)
A size that is viewable from four to six feet away (i.e. between 88 and 124, in Arial)
Maximum of three font style types (don’t want a poster too busy or complex)
Avoid italics (harder to read) and exotic fonts (printer may not recognize them)
Include your full name and the name of contributing lab members/supervisor
Differentiate sections (i.e. color, lines, boxes)
Some blank space around text/images can help things that matter stand out.
Maximum of 3 accent colors
Increase use of visuals and minimize use of text (be brief, try lists instead of paragraphs where possible)
Proofread for correct spelling and grammar
Portrait, landscape, or square orientation options. Maximum poster size is 36 inches (height) x 42 inches (width).
Be creative (but not at the expense of clarity!)
Desire good color contrast. Avoid yellow text on blue background scheme, lots of red, and color blind colors close to each other (i.e. light grey and green). Dark text on lighter backgrounds usually prints the best.
For images/photos, have a border and a descriptive title. 300 dots per square inch (DPI) minimum.
Watch your source of images, especially from the web (i.e. may lose resolution when enlarging image, be less DPI than recommended, be copyrighted).
Desire foreground / background balance. Avoid making the background complicated or distracting
View from a distance, what catches the eye? Hopefully the MOST important messages stand out!