Prepare 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.
- Use white space as a ‘visual oasis’ to give the eye a break.
- Proofread carefully! Your final poster will measure 6’w x 3’h, and errors will appear LARGE.
- Author(s) Name
- 1st Author(s) Email Address
- Author(s) Affiliation
- Data and Methods Findings/Results
- Acknowledgments –The CFDR acknowledgment is noted on the PPT template
Headings and Titles…
- Font Style: Arial Bold
- Font Size: 60 point font
- Heading Size: 28 point font
- Capitalize first letters only (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: Arial
- Font Size: 24 point font
- Emphasis: Bulleted lists -- use bold & italics if needed
Graphics, Illustrations, and Photographs
- Choose concise, consistent, clear, complete, and clean graphics. Distribute complex or dense data in a handout.
- Use the preapproved color chart for ALL tables and figures
- Cite your sources!
- Ensure you have permission to reproduce photographs and graphics created by others.
- Number all graphics and label with a title and source.
- Keep it simple and avoid clutter…use sufficient white space.
Design and Layout·
- Place the title, author(s), and affiliation(s) near the top of the poster in the area provided, and keep the main body of the poster in the lower portion.
- 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 7-10 lines. Break up longer sections of text with bulleted lists or graphics.
- Consider using the Z-Pattern (often called reverse S pattern) for simple storytelling.
- 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…
- BGSU and CFDR logos
- Design elements such as standard colors and font
- CFDR poster formatting and printing services
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 (P2CHD050959).
email@example.com or 419-372-7279