For a few quick hints, check out this Poster Presentation Seminar slide show
from Rachel Dueck, NAU Marketing Creative Coordinator. For additional information, consider the following tips when designing your poster.
- Most students use Microsoft PowerPoint to design posters. Be sure to begin by setting the page size to your final poster size. More sophisticated programs such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop are other design options.
- Use large text (your text should be at least 18-24 pt; headings 30-60 pt; title >72pt.)
- Do not use more than 2-3 font styles total
- Use fonts that are easy to read (such as Times New Roman, Garamond, and Arial)
- Avoid jagged edges: left-justify text within text boxes or fully justify blocks of text
- Avoid too much text (no more than 800 words max) and undefined technical jargon (depending upon your potential audience)
- Choose colors carefully and pay attention to contrast. If in doubt, dark print on light background is best. Remember – some colorblind people cannot distinguish between red and green.
- Organize and align your content with columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text
- White space is important to increase visual appeal and readability (this is the “empty” space between sections, columns, headings, blocks of text, and graphics).
- Selectively incorporate charts, graphs, photographs, key quotations from primary sources, maps, and other graphics that support the theme of your poster. It is best to avoid using tables of data.
- Avoid fuzzy images; make sure all graphics are high-resolution (at least 300ppi) and easily visible
- Include the NAU logo
- Edit your poster carefully for typographic or grammatical mistakes and image quality before the final print-out (use the print-preview function)