Creating Effective Poster Presentations | Create Your Poster | Graphics
George Hess | Kathryn Tosney | Leon Liegel

An Effective Poster
Define Your Message
Know Your Audience(s)
An Effective Abstract
Create Your Poster
    :: Planning
    :: Focus
    :: Layout
    :: Headings
    :: Graphics
    :: Text
    :: Colors
    :: Editing
    :: Software
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Simple, clean graphics communicate relationships quickly.

Good graphics - graphs, illustrations, photos - are the centerpiece of your poster.

  • Good graphs communicate relationships quickly.
  • Graphs should be simple and clean.
  • Write explanations directly on figures, instead of referencing from elsewhere.
  • Ten simple tips for better figures (from PLOS Computational Biology)

  • Use simple 2-dimensional line graphs, bar chargs, pie charts.
  • Avoid 3-dimensional graphs unless you're displaying 3-dimensional data - and then proceed carefully, as many 3-D graphs are difficult to interpret.
  • Text on graphs must follow same guidelines as all other text so that it will be visible.

  • Use photos that help deliver your message.
  • Use spot art - but not too much - to attract attention.

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