Russell Library: Spring 2016
ALLPPT.com _ Free PowerPoint Templates, Diagrams and Charts
Why do we do poster sessions?
• Summarize our work
• Makes us competitive
What should you know before you start?
• Main message
• Required dimensions
• Determine which style, programs etc. you would like to u
se to create your poster.
• Keep in mind particular requirements for your field or
• A poster is a visual presentation. Do NOT reproduce your written paper
• The research should speak for itself. You shouldn’t have to explain your poster
• You want to catch the audiences attention
• It should showcase your original question and your findings
• Make sure title & authors name are prominent
• Include Contact Info & References
• Tell a Story – with a clear flow of information
• Be Brief and focus on major findings
• Use images, graphs, tables etc.
• Use all the space. White space is important
• Use color sparingly
• Clear – flow of information
• Clearly label diagrams/drawings
• Font size
• Keep word count as low as possible
• When representing GC: Always use. “Georgia College &
• Adobe InDesign*
• Microsoft Publisher
• Microsoft PowerPoint*
• Adobe Illustrator*
• Google Slides
• Haiku Deck
From a quality standpoint, either Adobe Photoshop or Adobe InDesi
gn would be the best program to use.
Google Advanced Image search. Limit “usage rights”
Flickr Creative Commons – keep in mind the various licenses
MorgueFile – Free Photo Archive
Creative Commons Search – search multiple sites at once.
Pixabay – Free High Quality Images
Pexels – Free stock photos
FreeImages – 387,000_ Images
Russell Library Resources
4 cents per sq. inch for high quality paper
2 cents per sq. inch for low quality paper
How big should my poster be?
The maximum size that can be printed on the color plotters in the
Library is 36 inches by 48 inches.
NOTE: If you have the option of setting the resolution (dpi) of your
poster, it is recommended that you specify at least 150 dpi.
References: Poster Samples-The Univ. of Texas at Austin
References: Graphic Design-Examples of Academic Poster
• Lynda Software (Designing a Poster)
• 3D Printing
• Media Equipment Checkout
Video Cameras (GoPro, H2O, Panasonic P2)
Photography Cameras (Canon Powershots, Rebel etc.)
Laptops and Calculators
The Poster Session
• Be able to briefly explain your work.
• Ask questions.
• Be open to receiving feedback.
• Dress professionally, especially if you are a student. (Bu
t wear comfortable shoes and your nametag!)
• Smile and offer to answer any questions.
• Bring business cards.
• Bring a handout (if needed).
Re-use of this page
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Learning Technology and Innovation: LSE
Poster Design Tips: http://lti.lse.ac.uk/poster-design/
U of T Libraries: Posters and Presentations: http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/poster
Eastern Michigan Libraries: https://www.emich.edu/it/academic/poster/documents
The University of Texas at Austin: Poster Samples:
Graphic Design: Stack Exchange – Examples of Good Academic Poster Design htt
Fanshawe: Research Poster Samples: http://devwww.fanshawec.ca/research-poster-
At the Same Time: ShannonBarniskis: http://shannonbarniskis.com/research-studie