Roundup of poster design tips from researchers around the world, via #AcademicTwitter:

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@yishen_z

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!
    @emilyendocrine
  • 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!
    @courtney_herms
  • 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.
    @MappingThePast
  • Be not afraid to include white space
    @otten_joy
  • 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
    @alexandra_jebb
  • 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 🙂
    @ragadbu
  • Less is more.
    @Ecotoxicologo

Articles:

  • Recently wrote an article on preparing a scientific poster.
    @kshitijtiwari92
  • 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!
    @adam_pavlinek

Applications:

  • 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.
    @ol_nikulina
  • I used Canva for my last one, really liked it’s easy editing facility.
    @TheEmpathyRobot
  • Have used Canva extensively for designing webinar posters for @Jtrc_iitkanpur agree it is great 🙂
    @zeenat_farooq
  • 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).
    @JensBlack3
  • Definitely #betterposter.
    @gabrock94
  • 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.
    @s_bugti
  • 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).
    @EmanueloVivoli

Videos:

  • 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!
    @phagemuffin
  • This video (the part 2) is a treat. This is the style I use ever since I saw the video.
    @DubzeeLi
  • Looks like you’ve had lots of good tips already. I created a series on tiktok on designing and presenting posters. Search for ParveensPlans.
    @SahdiaParveen

See the original Twitter thread from PhD candidate Zeenat Farooq @zeenat_farooq here.

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@zeenat_farooq:

Suggestions for making good poster ? I have to make one for conference in December . 🙂 🙂

@Phd_family @PhD_Genie @PhDVoice @AcademicChatter

#phdvoice #phdlife #AcademicTwitter

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