Students presenting posters are generally in Business, Education, Engineering, Sciences, or Social Sciences. Maximum poster size should be 36" tall x 46.5" wide.
Remember that posters are a visual media. People should be able to see information standing at a distance of 3 feet. Font sizes less than 24 can be difficult to read. Sans serif fonts (e.g., Arial or Verdana) are preferable to serif fonts (e.g., Times New Roman or Palatino) for clarity. Phrases and bullet points are preferable rather than paragraphs.
Preparing and Printing Oversized Posters
- P&D Display Graphics, LLC offers free templates for PowerPoint preparation http://posters4research.com/templates.php
- University of Texas Psychology Department has instructions for creating and printing posters in PowerPoint on Macs and PC’s http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/graphics/posters/PPTPosters.pdf
- The Imaging Technology Group at University of Illinois has suggestions for converting PowerPoint posters to PDF. Note that the size of the PPT files will be huge compared with the size of PDF files.
- Soren K. Clark at Portland State University has a “How to” guide for poster production. http://web.pdx.edu/~clarksk/poster.html
- Baskin Engineering Lab at UC Santa Cruz has guidelines on poster printing http://bels.soe.ucsc.edu/PosterGuidelines
Here are some resources that might be helpful to you.
- North Carolina State University, Creating Effective Posters.
- University of Pittsburgh, Guidelines for Poster Preparation.
- Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics, Poster Preparation.
- American Public Health Association, Poster Session Guidelines.
- Association for Psychological Science, Poster format.
- WPI Department of Management Student poster resources Includes a PowerPoint template.
- American Society of Primatologists, Expanded Guidelines for Giving a Poster Presentation.
- Penn State College of Engineering, Design of Scientific Poster.