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Creating Poster Presentations

Have you considered submitting a 2012 Gathering presentation proposal to the new Poster Presentation category? Are you unsure about where to begin? Poster presentations can be effective ways to communicate certain types of research or presentation information. Use this quick guide to help get you started!

When creating posters for presenting research or other information, there are some critical design approaches to keep in mind if you want to create an effective, engaging poster.

  • Rule #1: Posters are visual communication tools and therefore, should use visual grammar as the primary mode of presentation. A poster should not be a standard paper or powerpoint presentation stuck to a board. A poster should express your points in graphical terms, using images as the primary way to show your information instead of text.
  • Rule #2: When arranging your poster, avoid visual chaos. Try to arrange the poster layout in a way that guides the viewer by using visual logic. Create a clear hierarchical structure that emphasizes the main points of your presentation.
  • Rule #3: All elements, even figure legends, should be visible from at least 4 feet away. Make your poster easy to read from a distance so viewers avoid crowding your poster, preventing others from seeing your presentation.
  • Rule #4: Display essential content (the messages) in the title, main headings, and graphics. Use graphics to indicate the relative importance of elements within your presentation. For example, use a variety of typeface sizes to show emphasis between a main heading and subordinate details.

Overall, as you design your poster keep in mind that an effective poster is:

  • Focused: Focused on a single message.
  • Graphic: Lets graphics and images tell the story; uses text sparingly.
  • Ordered: Keeps the sequence well-ordered and obvious.