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Typically academic posters are designed on that rule of thirds principles, with some variations of course. 

The first poster is a classical example of an academic poster in a landscape format : header with 3 columns underneath.  Some academic posters in the landscape format will have 4 columns of information.  That’s okay too. 

The second poster below is a good example of an academic poster in a portrait format


There are not hard and fast rules on which layout style that must be used, but consult the conference or event that you are attending to see if they have any prescribed format rules.


Landscape    36” high x 48” wide  or  91.4 cm high x 121.9 cm wide


PowerPoint Pro Tips!

Before you add any content to your slide, first adjust your slide to the dimensions for your poster.  This ensures that the final product (the printed poster) will look exactly as you designed it and not distorted or blurry.

  1. Open up PowerPoint and choose a 'blank' slide.
  2. On the navigation bar, bring the "Design" ribbon to the forward.

  3. Choose "Slide Size" and select "Custom Slide Size"

  4. In the Slide Size dialogue window, enter in the size of the poster.  48" wide and 36" high

  5. Now you can begin the design process and add content to your poster.

How to prevent your text boxes from autosizing

When you draw your text boxes on your slide, putting text in those text boxes can change the shape of the textbox.  To prevent the text box from changing shape, lock the text box. Right mouse click on your text box, choose "format shape", select "size & properties", open "text box" section and select "Do not Autofit".