Using images and graphs
Images and graphs are a great way to convey information to your audience and break up your text. Here are our top tips:
Here's an example from our 2019 poster showcase that used colour in a creative way to communicate findings:
Use the magnifying glass icons to zoom in on different key features from the poster and read our notes on how they effectively communicate meaning to the reader:
Layout - it's important to consider how your layout will influence the reading order of your poster. In English we generally read from left to right, and top to bottom. This means posters are often arranged into columns of text. However, there are still are number of designs questions/pointers for you to consider:
Landscape layouts (2 columns, 3 columns, ‘spider diagram’)
Portrait layouts (2 columns, 3 columns, ‘alternative’ layout)
Concept - once you've decided on the content of your poster it's time to think about how you're going to arrange it. Grab a pen and paper and sketch out a rough design for your poster. This is your opportunity to play around with different designs and consider how you might organise your poster to help convey essential information and grab the audiences' attention. You might want to use the theme or topic of the poster to inform its design - for example, if you were designing a poster about eating habits, you might arrange your poster into triangular segments to mimic pizza slices or portion sizes.
Size – The standard size for a research poster is A1 (594mm x 841mm) – this is the equivalent of 8 sheets of A4 in a 2x4 grid. You can use either portrait or landscape orientation. A good starting point for designing your poster is to block out the different sections on a blank page to get a n overview of which sections to include, their relative sizes, and to establish a reading order (see our tutorial video for more on blocking your layout).