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Designing Effective Poster Presentations

What to know before you start:

•Know your audience
•Know your main message
•Find out the required dimensions
•Vulnerability: Is your research vulnerable? 
•Determine which style, programs etc. you would like to use to create your poster.
•Keep in mind particular requirements for your field or conference 

The Basics

•A poster is a visual presentation. Do NOT reproduce your written paper
•The research should speak for itself. You shouldn’t have to explain your poster
•You want to catch the audience's attention
•It should showcase your original question and your findings
•Make sure title & authors name are prominent
•Include Contact Info & References
•Tell a Story – with a clear flow of information
•Be Brief and focus on major findings
•Use images, graphs, tables etc. 

Design Notes

•Use all the space.   White space is important
•Use color sparingly
•Clear – flow of information
•Clearly label diagrams/drawings
•Font size
•Keep word count as low as possible
•When representing GC: Always use. “Georgia College & State University”

Web Resources

Infographic on Design

Source: Elsevier. "Infographic: Tips for designing better research posters." Elsevier Connect. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2017.