Creating Effective Poster Presentations | Resources
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
Present Your Poster
Examples of Posters
Video Library
Using this Site
Reproducing Material
The Authors
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Additional resources you might find useful when creating your poster.

Hess, George R. 2014. Effective Scientific Posters: Quick Reference (Version 4)

Meant to be printed as a one-sheet, folded brochure. Download for Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You may reproduce and distribute freely (i.e., without charge) in unaltered form.

Hess PowerPoint Presentation
PowerPoint show
This presentation is used by George Hess for his "Effective Poster Presentations" workshps.
It loses something without the narrative, but it might be of use for some people.

Evaluating Poster Presentations
You may download and modify for your own use. Please attribute as shown in Reproducing Material .

  • Evaluation criteria used by George Hess to evaluate graduate student poster presentations -- apprearance, information flow, and content. This particular version was used in a biological modeling course and would likely need revision for your use. Could also be used to evaluate professional presentations.
  • Judging criteria and form used by the US International Association for Landscape Ecology to evaluate oral and poster presentations for the best student presentation competition. Developed by George Hess and the US-IALE Board.
  • Score sheet (Excel) used by the Oregon State University Chapter of Sigma Xi.
  • 60-Second Evaluation - a quick way for students and professionals to evaluate the appearance and organization of their posters. This evaluation does not address the quality of the information.
  • Download 60-second evaluation criteria. PDF File Word File

    Internet Sites - May be Ephemeral

    George Hess, Kathryn Tosney, & Leon Liegel Effective Poster Presentation Site, visited 2020 Aug 18

    Colin Purrington's Site, visited 2020 Aug 18

    Katie Everson's Site, visited 2020 Aug 18

    Edward Tufte's Web Site (focus on visualizing data), visited 2020 Aug 18

    Nicolas P. Rougier, Michael Droettboom, Philip E. Bourne. 2014. Ten simple tips for better figures. PLOS Computational Biology 10(9): e1003833, visited 2020 Aug 18

    Books and Articles

    Block, Steven M. 1996. Do's and dont's of poster presentations. Biophysical Journal 71: 3527-3529.

    Briscoe, Mary Helen. 1996. Preparing Scientific Illustrations: A Guide to Better Posters, Presentations, and Publications. Springer, New York.

    Davis, Martha. 1997. Scientific Papers and Presentations. Academic Press, New York.

    Gosling, Peter J. 1999. Scientist's Guide to Poster Presentations. Kluwer Academic Press, New York.

    Harms, Michael. 1995. How to prepare a poster presentation. Physiotheraphy 81(5): 276.

    Hess, George R. and Elizabeth N. Brooks. 1998. The class poster conference as a teaching tool. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 27: 155-158.

    Hess, George R., Kathryn Tosney, and Leon Leigel. 2009. Creating effective poster presentations. Medical Teacher 31(4): 356-358.

    Liegel, Leon H. and Delbert Thompson. 1989. Poster presentations for scientific meetings. Journal of Agronomic Education 18: 69-75.

    Nicol, Adelheid A. M. and Penny M. Pexman. 2003. Displaying your findings: a practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

    Teixeira, Art. 1997. Preparing posters for technical presentations. Resource 4(4): 15-16.

    Tufte, Edward. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

    Tufte, Edward. 1995. Envisioning Information. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

    Tufte, Edward. 1997. Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Graphics Press, Cheshire, CT.

    Wheildon, Colin. 1995. Type and Layout. Strathmoor Press, Berkeley, CA.

    Woolsey, J.D. 1989. Combating poster fatigue: How to use visual grammar and analysis to effect better visual communication. Trends in Neurosciences 12: 325-332.