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Posters are visual presentations - the text and graphics should support each other
Write your Research Paper, first
Then, sketch your design arranging your sections in 3 or 4 columns; following a logical sequence, such as a section for your Abstract, Main Idea, Summary or Conclusion and the References or bibliography
Get to the point and LIMIT your text. Use photos, figures, and tables to tell your story
Blocks of text: for a cleaner look, do a Full Justify
Use only 2-3 colors
Suggested Type Sizes (approx)
Title 72 - 80 pt
Authors 48 - 60 pt
Headings 36 - 60 pt
approx 50% larger than main text
Main Text 24 - 36 pt
Captions 24 - 32 pt
Works Cited 24 pt
FYI - 100 point font is approximately 1" high
If you are presenting at a conference, you may wish to add a logo.
Kate Kiefer, Mike Palmquist, Luann Barnes, Marilyn Levine, and Don Zimmerman.. (1994 - 2012). Poster Sessions. Writing@CSU. Colorado State University. Available at https://writing.colostate.edu/guides/guide.cfm?guideid=78.
Printing Your Poster
Create your poster in the size you would like it to be printed. (24 x 36 inches)
Save as PDF
Save to a Flash Drive or Google Drive
Black and White -- $1.50 per square foot
Color - $2.00 per square foot
(A 2' x 3' color poster would cost $12.00)
Please Note: This printer is reserved for large, single posters. To print multiple posters, faculty please contact Marketing and students please contact Student Affairs.
Images and Graphics
To make your poster more attractive, you may want to add images and graphics.
Creative Commons Licenses allow you to use the works of many others. Check out how to do this at this Research Guide.