When designing a poster for presentation, it is important to keep your audience in mind. Tiny font and vibrant colors can be too hard to read and focus our eyes on for an extended period of time. You are allowed to be creative in designing your poster, but be very aware and respectful of any strict rules on poster structure that the conference provided, and the cultural norms of the audience you will be presenting to. Remember, the purpose for your poster is to grab positive attention from across the room, but also to convey information about your research to others in a professional manner.
Use the information and tips below to help ensure that your poster is both legible and inviting to a general audience.
Tips for Successful Fonts and Font Sizes
Because poster space is so limited, any images and charts included on a poster should be highly relevant to the research being presented and should not distract from the poster's informational content. Don't use images just because they are interesting. Below are some tips for successfully incorporating images and charts into your poster.
For further information on formatting charts and tables in a professional way, explore Chapter 5 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) or the current style manual for your preferred format. Keep in mind the recommendations found in these resources for font sizes etc. are typically intended for print articles and manuscripts. You may need to adjust sizing as appropriate for the needs of your poster presentation audience. Pfeiffer Library provides the university community with online guidance for APA style of figures and tables through the Academic Writer interface, which may be accessed through the hyperlinked image below.
Learn about the guidelines for creating a figure, including when it's appropriate to use a figure, how to create standard figure types and what to use them for, and what visual standards to apply to all figures.
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