Choose a simple yet dynamic color scheme before you begin to add content. You can choose from the color schemes in PowerPoint or utilize online color scheme generators. Here are a few websites that specialize in pre-made color palletes:
Some text and background color combinations are problematic.
Here are a few websites that give advice on what successful and unsuccessful research posters look like.
Font Size and Type
Use Images Wisely
Don't let your images (and a fancy poster) detract from your research findings. Your images and graphs should highlight your research and add something- not just serve as place fillers.
Charts and Graphs
Always include captions for any charts or graphs you use to explain your research findings.
Cite your Images
Unless you are using free images, be sure to give credit to any images or graphics you use in your poster. See the Using Images tab of this guide for more information.
Recommended File Types
Use PNG, TIF or JPEG files. For more information on the differences between file types, read: Digital Image File Types Explained
Editing your Images
If necessary, use a photo editing software like Photoshop to resize or touch up your photos. Photoshop is available on several library computers. You can also try free software such as Paint.NET. Go to www.getpaint.net to download the software on your PC.
Use the following rubrics and checklists to critique and evaluate your poster.
Before you send your poster to be professional printed:
1. Make sure that if you created your own template, you resized the PPT slide BEFORE you added any text or images. This will prevent pixilating when the poster is printed.
2. Print your slide on an 8 1/2 " X 11" sheet of paper to make sure that everything is proportional.
3. Have someone read your poster to double-check all spelling and grammar. Once your poster is printed in large size, mistakes will be very noticeable.
4. To see how your poster will look full sized, save your PPT slide as a .pdf (File -> Save As -> .pdf) and print as a "poster" document using Adobe Reader. Open your .pdf file, click print and select the "Poster" printing option. This will print your poster on multiple sheets of paper. Remember to check for grainy or fuzzy images.
4. Send your poster to be printed at Butler Campus Impressions or Kinkos (or similar business with large format printing). Leave time to have your poster printed (3-7 days). If you catch a mistake, you want time to be able to print it again. This may cost you more money, but it could be worth it if you are presenting at a professional conference.