Center for Family and Demographic Research
Preparing a well-organized, creative display that is visually pleasing to both you and your audience communicates your text and data efficiently.
- Your poster should enhance conversation.
- Be selective and include major points that are clear and concise.
- Save interesting, nonessential information for informal discussion during your presentation.
- Remember, your poster is a visual representation of your research findings.
- Use a mixture of text, charts, tables, and photographs.
- Design your text and graphics to be viewed from a distance of 3-4 feet.
Headings and Titles…
- Font Style Sans Serif (without “feet” such as Arial or Tahoma)
- Font Size 30-point minimum
- Emphasis Bold, italics
- Use Upper and lowercase text (avoid ALL UPPERCASE).
- Use bulleted lists frequently to avoid large amounts of text.
- Arrange material in columns to read from left to right.
- Font Style Serif (with “feet” such as Times New Roman or Garamond)
- Font Size 24-point minimum
- Emphasis Bulleted lists, bold, italics, color
Graphics, Illustrations, and Photographs
- Choose concise, clear, complete, and simple graphics. Distribute complex or dense data in a handout.
- Number all graphics and label with a title and source.
- Produce any photographs with a matte finish to reduce glare.
- Ensure you have permission to reproduce photographs and graphics created by others.
- Keep it simple and avoid clutter…use sufficient white space.
- Avoid hand drawings.
Design and Layout
- Use a minimum of 1-inch margins on all sides.
- Use sufficient white space between graphics and text to avoid clutter.
- Limit your paragraphs to no longer than 15-20 lines. Break up longer sections of text with bulleted lists or graphics.
- Place the title, authors, and affiliations near the top (¼) of the poster, and keep the main body of the poster in the lower (¾) of the poster.
- Prepare a short (1-2 sentences) overview of your key findings.
- Stand near poster for the entire period.
- Prepare a handout or business card to distribute.
- Thank viewers for stopping by your poster.
CFDR Research Affiliates and Graduate Students
If you are creating a CFDR related research poster, please contact the CFDR office for further assistance. We will provide you with specific information regarding…
Please use the following acknowledgement on your poster:
The Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University has core funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R24HD050959-01).
firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-372-7279