Figure It Out with These Poster Design Tips from the Pros
Roundup of poster design tips from researchers around the world, via #AcademicTwitter:
Design and Layout:
- Less text, more figures! No one will read a full paragraph, so if you can get your point across in bullet-points – do!
- My best tips:
– As few sentences as possible: no one wants to stand at your poster for 10 min reading
– Keep it simple: figures from your paper are probably too complex, redesign to make 1 clear message
– Use arrows, boxes, numbers, color-coordination to make a flow
It also takes some practice, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself … walk around the poster session and see what you like/dislike and integrate that into your next poster!
- – Choose a colour scheme and stick to it (including figures if you have the time).
– Make your key result/take home message big, bold and central
– Avoid fancy fonts
– Leave plenty of empty space
– Make sure text is readable from a distance. Print and check if you’re not sure.
- Be not afraid to include white space
- Such good suggestions! I would say also try to look at different types of infographic for inspiration particularly on the pinterest app helps! And if you also search any keyword + the words colour palette you can get good design inspiration for aesthetic colours! Good luck
- Brief background, hypothesis and objectives (use bullet points), clear figures and graphs with only few sentences underneath them, include a summary, and a conclusion if you want. Practice presenting, because it’s more important than the poster itself. Good luck 🙂
- Less is more.
- Recently wrote an article on preparing a scientific poster.
- My advice is to cut as much text as possible and use a very large font size. Definitely don’t have blocks of text. I only leave the title, headings, figure legends, and maybe a limited number of key bullet points if this can’t be shown graphically.
I also recommend the @Better_Posters book and blog!
- Use Canva, as little text as you can, a catchy title, and some attention-grabbing elements (memes, QR codes, etc would do). Poster sessions usually happen at reception time, so your design has to REALLY convince people to come to you.
- I used Canva for my last one, really liked it’s easy editing facility.
- Have used Canva extensively for designing webinar posters for @Jtrc_iitkanpur agree it is great 🙂
- I am using @BioRender for mine. It works well with resizing and repositioning, which is why I used it for rapid prototyping, but the export to pdf is often not the same product as the one you’ve created (minor resizing of text and gaps).
- Definitely #betterposter.
- For a winning poster, review posters that won already, and the recipe is different for each event. Formal poster will have an abstract, location-map, data, results, analysis of results & conclusions. Start with event guidelines for-size of poster. I used Illustrator.
- I can suggest little text, lots of images and schemes, and, if you can, also add some strange/inviting layout like this guys did here (and really worked).
- See here: IMO if you have to write something on more than three lines of text then you should reconsider what you’re writing and how you can substitute that with a figure or an icon. The Noun project is an excellent repository for icons!
- This video (the part 2) is a treat. This is the style I use ever since I saw the video.
- Looks like you’ve had lots of good tips already. I created a series on tiktok on designing and presenting posters. Search for ParveensPlans.
See the original Twitter thread from PhD candidate Zeenat Farooq @zeenat_farooq here.Home Page Image
Creator: Zeenat Farooq