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You can create your poster (with a Mac or a PC) using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other program. The poster must be one page and in English. Poster dimensions are as follows: The maximum width is 48 inches (130 cm); the maximum height is 36 inches (100 cm). The file size may not exceed 25MB, and you must save your file as a PDF. The virtual poster software does not recognize any other file formats.
Poster design can significantly enhance or severely diminish the effectiveness of your presentation. The guidelines are general considerations.
- Focus of attention: The focus of attention must be on the subject content. If the design overshadows the subject matter, the message is likely to be lost.
- Size and selection of visuals: Larger visuals attract more attention. Visuals not relevant to the content will distract the viewer.
- Density of visuals and text (labels): Too many visuals (pictures) and text (labels) in a small space decreases readers’ attention, because each object is in competition with the others. Minimize these to prevent stimulus overload! Generally, a maximum length of 50-75 words per label results in a higher probability of people reading it.
- Ability to read text: Letters should be large so that they can easily be read from 2-3 feet away. Letters should be easily read (avoid Old English and other “fancy” fonts).
- Use a consistent layout with heading and subheading font and size standardized;
- Use bulleted lists to facilitate reading;
- Relate the content of the text to the picture it describes;
- Reduce competing stimuli—Avoid placing a large number of labels and visuals next to one another; and
- Provide good contrast between the text and background (avoid white on white, blue on navy, etc.).
- AGU Blogosphere: On the Job: Creating a Scientific Poster in PowerPoint: A Video Tutorial
- The Geological Society of America: Strategies for Creating a Conspicuous, Effective, and Memorable Poster Presentation
- PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for a Good Poster Presentation
- American College of Physicians: Preparing a Poster Presentation
- Penn State University: Design, Examples, and Templates
- Former Swarthmore College Professor: Designing Conference Posters
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