Make a plan - be aware of your audience and design your poster to be eye-catching, informative and accessible.
Start with the basics – It’s tempting to jump in straight away with the design elements or your poster but concentrate on condensing your content first. This will help you to decide how much space to allocate to each section, and whether your poster needs to zoom in a specific aspect of your project or even a single research question. When you are ready to get creative, here are some useful websites to help make your poster stand out from the crowd:
Here’s an example of a poster we created for a staff event last year to publicise the poster showcase, using a comic book theme. The title fonts, banners, and text boxes were all created in Piktochart and added into the PowerPoint poster using the snipping tool feature.
Less Is More - keep your content to a minimum. This goes for words and images/graphs. Everything on your poster should help to grab your audiences' attention and convey information.
Hyphenation - If you choose to use an alternative software to Microsoft PowerPoint (such as Microsoft Publisher Adobe InDesign), check ‘hyphenation’ is disabled on your text boxes. This function inserts hyphens or dashes (-) into the middle of words if they are longer than your text box. Turn this function off (sown below) to increase readability.
Proofread, proofread, proofread - this is a really important and often overlooked step! There's nothing worse than noticing a spelling error once your poster has been printed, so it's essential that you check your finished design multiple times for errors before sending it for printing!
Ultimately, it is important to remember that this is YOUR poster and you should design it in a way that best conveys the findings and conclusion of your research.
Hear from Sarthak as he lists his top three tips following his experience of last years Poster Showcase Event.