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Making Effective Posters

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An informative presentation made to 200 undergraduate engineering students.

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Making Effective Posters

  1. 1. Making an Effective Poster Kevin Mueller Thursday, July 10, 2008
  2. 2. 2 Goal of Poster Presentation • Stimulate interest and discussion • Receive feedback on research • Make new contacts • Or…..if you are a graduate student – To appease your advisor Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  3. 3. 3 Poster Requirements I • Size – Posters should be 4’x3’ or 3’x4’ • Audience – Peers – Professors – Graduate students • Audience may also include – Corporate visitors – Sponsors Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  4. 4. 4 Poster Requirements II • Posters must include the following: – Your name – School or department (e.g. School of Nuclear Engineering) – Professor’s name – Graduate mentor’s name – Laboratory name (if appropriate) – Purdue University – Sponsor acknowledgement – Date Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  5. 5. 5 Poster Requirements III • Title • Abstract • Objectives – Introduction to the problem • Methodology – What was your approach to the problem? • Results & discussion • Conclusion & future work • References – Give credit where it is deserved! Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  6. 6. 6 Planning the Poster I • Posters should be: – Visually appealing • Well-chosen background • Typed, dark text that contrasts well with background • Charts, graphs, diagrams – Easy to read • Should be able to see everything from 4’ away • Information should flow from top left to bottom right Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  7. 7. 7 Planning the Poster II • Posters should also be: – Simple, clear, and concise • Use short sentences • Use a simple sentence structure • Highlight results with charts, graphs • AVOID – Jargon – Abbreviations – Acronyms – Large amounts of text (USE TEXT SPARINGLY) – Large tables of data Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  8. 8. 8 Planning the Poster III • Typical poster layout – Note: Poster consists of several columns and reads from left to right Title Intro Conclusion Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  9. 9. 9 Suggested Fonts • Use so-called “sans serif” fonts – Arial – Comic Sans MS – Helvetica • Letters should not bleed together Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  10. 10. 10 Suggested Font Sizes • Title: 80 pt • Authors: 40 pt • Affiliations: 30 pt • Text: 28 pt • Acknowledgements: 18 pt Making an Effective Poster- July 10, 2008
  11. 11. 11 More suggestions • You can use a lined border around sections – Key is to separate the sections • Avoid using red and green together on charts – Difficult to read for the colorblind • Avoi

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