The objective of a poster presentation is to:
- share a large amount of information effectively and efficiently,
- stimulate conversation about your topic,
- engage learners using multiple modalities (i.e., visual, auditory, kinesthetic), and
- share your main idea/findings with as many people as possible.
The key to designing an effective poster is to "F.O.G."
- Be sure the poster is focused on a single message.
- Use the title to communicate the main idea of the poster.
- Be sure each element is directly related to the main idea/title.
2. ORGANIZED & ORDERED
- Position the elements of the poster in a logical or sequential order.
- Most posters are prepared and read from top left to bottom right.
- Select graphics that are visually appealing (large, high-resolution images) and that add or support the main idea of the poster.
- Use graphics to visual display complex ideas, processes, or findings (i.e., charts, graphs, diagrams, etc).
- Use graphics strategically to draw audience's attention to special focal points.
You can save time by designing your poster from one of the following templates (pre-formatted for a trifold display), which include some common headings you may wish to use:
Things to Know about PowerPoint
- PowerPoint can only make slides up to 56 inches (This is a limitation of PowerPoint that can not be changed).
- Avoid using preloaded PowerPoint patterns as backgrounds. These backgrounds, when used in a poster type of application, can make very large files that are typically very difficult to print.
- Using the solid and gradient fills as background color within PowerPoint are efficient ways to add color and depth without using up file space.
- Start with a blank slide layout. The slide layout feature of PowerPoint was not intended to be used when making a slide as large as a poster, so to avoid the problems that this creates just avoid using preloaded slide layouts.
Things to Know about Printing
- It is a good idea to keep text and objects away from the edge of the paper, as these items can be cut off by the built-in printer margins.
- Files that exceed 20MB (megabytes) may cause printers to lock up and not print due to the fact that the filesize over runs the printing buffer. To keep file size low be conscious of images that are inserted they should not exceed 150dpi at final print size.
- Images found on the internet are often times not even large enough to meet the low dpi standard and still print large enough to be seen on the poster. If you are using www.Google.com image search to find images on the internet make sure that you use the advanced search and select large image size. That will insure that the images you are downloading will meet the resolution standard necessary for poster printing.
- When you insert a picture into a poster avoid stretching the image larger than it is when inserted. This can cause the image to become fuzzy.
ATLE Design Consultation
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 813-974-1841 to schedule a poster design consultation. While we don't provide assistance with graphics, we can talk you through the process if it's new for you.