A quick introduction by Paula Johanson
Using a template by Colin Purrington
• Make a manageable introduction to your paper with a poster.
• Posters can become images you’ll use with #hashtags in Facebook, Twitter,
Tumblr or Instagram.
• Posters are useful in Twitter conferences. Here’s a sample Twitter chat promo
• Bring a poster to conventions, even if you’re not speaking on a panel.
• Poster Sessions are an opportunity for conversation and networking.
• Sessions can be formal presentations or one-on-one conversations.
• Make a forum for diversity, marginal knowledge, and half-baked ideas.
Start With Your Paper
• Start your poster based on your paper or journal article.
• Sum up your paper in 500 to 900 words. Even shorter is better!
• Your poster introduces people to your topic, it’s not your complete paper.
• Cut and paste sentences onto a template for your first try.
An Award-winning Poster
James O’Hanlon trimmed his paper to a title and
one sentence, with one graph and a photo.
Choose a Template
• Template by Colin Purrington
• His website covers ALL the basics
poster-design Read it all at leisure!
• It has links to other templates and
• Open a template in PowerPoint on a Mac or OpenOffice on a PC.
• You also can use templates in Quark Xpress, Scribus, LaTeX, InDesign,
• Or you can design posters freehand in Inkscape (see this example).
• Changing platforms can lose images, distort text, or distort size.
Modify the Template
• Change the size of the template first. Then paste text into boxes.
• A template's font sizes are the smallest you should use.
Use bigger fonts when possible.
• Posters use few words in large fonts. Your audience reads while standing.
• Compose a title short enough for two lines of type.
Choose a Graph
• Fit a graph inside a small text box.
Leave room for about 50 words
• Or center a big graph inside the
biggest text box.
Leave room for 100 to 150 words
above or below it.
• Illustrate a striking fact.
• Two or three bright colours.
• Bold designs show up well.
• Tiffs look better than jpgs,
but both work.
• An image might fit in an upper
corner of the poster.
• Or, fit an image in a small text box.
• An image can work as background
with text boxes laid on top.
• Book cover or illustration
• 200 dpi or better
• Or paste a high-quality photograph
onto the poster
• There is room for only a few citations.
• Format citations carefully. Because there are two columns in this section,
you may need to add a blank space or blank line.
• Or, write: “All citations available with complete text of my paper at this link:”
and include an URL and a QR code for a website.
• In your Acknowledgements section, put your copyright notice and
Creative Commons licensing notice. If that information is elsewhere
on the poster, consider deleting this text box.
• Acknowledgements of funding or logos, if required, could be put here.
• Alternatively, use this text box to showcase a crucial quote.
For Further Information
• In the For Further Information section, put an URL and a QR code
that link to a website with your entire article.
• This web page can be on an official website for your project or department.
Or, you can make a simple website in Blogger or Wix or Wordpress.
• If you already have that link in your Citations section,
use this box for an illustration or delete it.
Proofread and Save!
• Proofread and save your poster. Get someone else to proofread it.
• Check if your print shop can open it in the platform you used.
• Open a copy in PowerPoint, correct distortions made by changing format,
then save that version also, because someone will ask for a PowerPoint.
• Save a version small enough to print on an ordinary printer.
• Print your poster at a professional print shop.
• Store your poster rolled in a mailing tube.
• Paper posters laminated with plastic, or ones printed on vinyl, are re-usable.
• Consider printing on no-wrinkle fabric.