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Designing Posters for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This guide provides users with the basics of design and color theory, conceptual models for inclusion of interesting content and practical advice for translating poster designs from the computer screen to print matter.

Conference Poster Design Blogs and Resources

Poster Basics by Sherry Wynn Perdue at Oakland University. An excellent PowerPoint presentation providing essentials for the creation of effective posters.

Stephanie Krom's Poster Tips for Humanities Conference Posters An excellent starter guide for humanities students who want to translate their research into a poster format.

Designing Conference Posters by Colin Purrington. This is a guide designed for science students, but has a wealth of good, general design information for creating a successful poster.  Purrington, C.B. Designing conference posters. Retrieved October 17, 2016, from

Data Visualization - Cousin of the Poster Presentation

There are important takeaways for creating posters taught by data visualization experts. Some posters will have visualizations in them, but some of the general rules of data visualization - don't overload the information - are universally applicable.

Edward Tufte, Grand Master of Data Visualization - Tufte is THE expert on data visualization. Explore his blog to get a sense of how to present non-visual information visually.

Chart Dos and Don'ts from the Duke University Libraries - a quick guide to data visualization. Information here can be extrapolated to general use by humanities and social sciences posters.


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