Good Research Posters ...
- Have a focused and specific message to communicate
- Show clear organization and flow using visual hierarchy
- Limit text while utilizing graphics/images to help you tell a story
- Make use of white space
- Keep things simple
1. Have a focused and specific message to communicate ... and do so by ...
- Creating descriptive, dynamic titles/subtitles/headers that are clear and concise.
- In the example below you immediately know the area of research - "Internet Inequality".
- You also know the research question being asked - "What is the impact of home internet access on school success?"
- Note how the title and subtitles were arranged in a more dynamic way with the substitle broken into two line instead of a single, long, hard to read line.
2. Show clear organization and flow using visual hierachy
- Hierarchy of information aka visual hierarchy is the order in which a user processes info on a poster and is what guides the reader through the contents of your poster
- Good visual hierarchy will draw the reader into your poster and help with both organization and flow
- Important information should stand out (ex. bigger size and bold font)
- Play around with some of the following to move different parts of your poster higher or lower on the hierachy: size, color, contrast, alignment, repetition, proximity and texture/style
- If your font has multiple weights, try skipping a weight to create greater contrast.
- Contrasting font sizes is another way to show hierachy and separate parts of your poster like your title from your section headers.