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Presentations in Medicine & Science: Poster Design Tips

Resources to help assist you make good presentations in different formats. Posters and oral presentations

Poster Design Tips

Layout:

Your layout will help guide users through the poster. Your poster should be a good balance of text, images, and white space. Poster layouts work better when there is symmetry.

  • Use visual hierarchy to guide readers to the important parts of your poster.
  • Use a column format to make your poster easier to read in a crowd.
  • Use organization cues (arrows etc). to guide readers through your poster.
  • Use "reader gravity" which pulls the eye from top to bottom and left to right.
  • Use headings intelligently to help readers find your main points and key information.
  • Balance the placement of text and graphics to create visual appeal.
  • Use white space creatively to help define the flow of information.

 

Tips for Readable Posters:

  • Use dark text on a light background
  • Avoid garish colors and complicated backgrounds
  • Use one font and style for the whole poster
  • Leave space between columns
  • Try to use bullet points and pictures instead of text
  • Label figures clearly

Text:

  • Keep the lettering simple.

Font Size:

A good rule to follow on font size:

  • Title-72 pt
  • Section heading - 48 pt
  • Figure heading -30 pt
  • General text -28 pt
  • Text for labels- 20 pt

Useful Rules:  

  • Present data from top to bottom, left to right
  • Maintain empty space between rows
  • Poster should be ~40% graphics, 20% text, and 40% empty space
  • It may take 1-2 weeks to put  together an outstanding poster
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