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Creating an Academic Poster: Tips and Tricks

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Editing and Organizing Content

Everyone is excited about their research and wants to share EVERYTHING about their topic(s). The goal of a poster is to catch the viewer's attention and get them to engage with the content. Editing down to the most essential information organized in a clear sequence can greatly increase the effectiveness of your poster.

General guidelines:

  • edit content to just the main points (as much as possible within the requirements)
  • avoid run-on sentences and long paragraphs
  • make use of bullet points
  • make use of graphics to visually explain complex information or data

 

Examples

The first example below is very visually crowded. The amount of text would likely be overwhelming to a reader and the organization of content is unclear and difficult to follow. An audience would probably have difficulty engaging with this poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The template example below has a good balance of content and negative space. The information is well organized into columns and is easy to follow. 

Tip: To achieve clarity with your poster content, start with everything you want to say then "ruthlessly" cut out words and condense down to just the most essential elements.

Academic poster good design example

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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