Creating posters

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Creating posters

  1. 1. Designing Posters<br />Lorna Moloney<br />Merriman Research & Training Ltd<br />Merrimanresearch@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. CORE COMPONENTS<br />title (the audience will view this first);<br />introduction<br />problem statement<br />method<br />results<br />recommendations<br />conclusion<br />
  3. 3. Poster Preparation<br />
  4. 4. DON’TS AND DO’S<br />
  5. 5. POSTER LAYOUT<br />Headings and subheadings. <br />Organising the information into sections. <br />There should be balance and simplicity. <br />Deciding where you want to add graphics, photographs, graphs, etc. <br />Do not try to present too much detail. Less is more. <br />Leaving enough white space - don't clutter the poster, it should have a clean and simple layout. <br />Provide your name and contact details for people that might want to discuss it with you. <br />Information should flow (viewing sequence) by column or by row, as in the following examples: <br />
  6. 6. POSTER – COLUMN LAYOUT<br />
  7. 7. POSTER – ROW LAYOUT<br />
  8. 8. POSTER DESIGN - COLOUR<br />Choose colours that complement each other. Certain colours, like certain yellows, etc., are difficult to see and read. Text and background colours should complement each other. Make sure your foreground colour (text) is clear and soft on the eyes when combined with the background colour. <br />
  9. 9. TEXT SIZE & FONT TYPE<br />Text size & font type are a very important aspects when designing a poster. They will determine whether your audience will be able to read your poster with ease. If not, all your hard work was for nothing.<br />Use Fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, Verdana, Calibri,<br />
  10. 10. Examples of Fonts<br />DO USE<br />SANS SERIF FONTS<br />CALIBRI<br />VERDANA<br />GEORGIA<br />ARIAL<br />TIMES NEW ROMAN<br />TAHOMA<br />Copperplate gothic gold<br />DO NOT USE<br />SERIF FONTS<br />Bookman antiqua<br />Bradley Hand<br />Edwardian Script<br />French script<br />JasmineUPC<br />
  11. 11. COMMUNICATION STYLES<br />It is not easy to read words that are in capital letters, e.g. COMMUNICATION STYLES vs Communication styles<br />To attract your audience, they must be able to read your poster from a distance (1 - 3m), therefore font size is extremely important. These are recommended font sizes to use: <br />Main title 100 points At least 4 cm high. Subheadings 50 points Between 1,5 - 2 cm high. Body text 25 points Between 0.5 - 1 cm high<br />
  12. 12. Visuals<br />Photographs OR a good quality scan; <br />take the photograph with a digital camera and work with a digital image instead of scanned pictures. <br />Diagrams / Graphics Design the diagram with a software package that has been designed for graphics and diagrams, such as <br />Corel Presentations, CorelDraw, Photoshop, etc. Smart Draw<br />
  13. 13. Prize Winning Posters<br />University of Liverpool<br />Prize winning Posters in a variety of disciplines<br />2009, please click Training Materials and go to the folder poster design<br />For other Poster training material at Merriman Research & Training<br />Training Materials<br />
  14. 14. Point to remember<br />"It takes intelligence, even brilliance, to condense and focus information into a clear, simple presentation that will be read and remembered. Ignorance and arrogance are shown in a crowded, complicated, hard-to-read poster.“Mary Helen Briscoe University of Buffalo<br />
  15. 15. Useful Links & Templates<br />http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/posteradvice.htm<br />For useful links and templates go to Merriman Research & Training or contact me: Lorna Moloney on <br />Merrimanresearch@gmail.com<br />

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