Design layout by Colin Purrington - See the "Templates" page for more details
The most standard poster size is 3 feet tall x 4 feet wide (36 inches by 48 inches).
Your poster may be flat or tri-fold. Tri fold posters are bent into three columns so that they can stand freely on a table. This design will draw people’s eyes in toward the center column of the board.
You absolutely should draw a simple version of your poster before putting it together, like a rough draft. This will give you a chance to rearrange things as you need.
A poster should include a “banner” at the top. This is where you put your title, author, college or class, and the date of the presentation or semester.
The title needs to be big. People should be able to read it from several feet away.
Below the banner, a poster usually includes three or four columns of content, though you can arrange yours in any way that’s appropriate for your professor, class, or subject. Use large headings for each column or section.
Boards are usually foam board, heavy card stock style paper, or cardboard, and you can get them in virtually any color. For most scholastic presentations – especially science presentations – you want your board to be black or white. If you wish to use a colored board, make sure that it is not so bright as to be distracting.
Almost any office supply store, craft store, drug store, or big box store like Target carries a variety of boards. Your school bookstore might, too!
Use only one font throughout your poster. It should be a standard font: Times New Roman, Calibri, San Serif, Arial, Helvetica etc.
Your text should be black unless you have a compelling reason for it not to be. It should never be a bright or light color – no one reads yellow text!
Images include photographs, drawings, graphics, charts, diagrams, or any visual representation of information. You absolutely need to have images in your poster. If it were only text, you’d be writing an essay!
All your images should be clearly labeled and easy to “read.” Make sure they are large enough and clear enough that people won’t need to strain to see what they are.
Make all of your images about the same size, unless you specifically want to emphasis some over others.
Distribute the content and images in the poster so that it looks balanced. For example, don’t have all of your pictures along the right side.
For websites where you can get images for you poster, please go to the Resoures Tab!
If a person can’t read, they should still be able to understand what your poster is about. If a person were to only read the text and couldn’t see the pictures, they should be able to get the message.