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ISTAART Guide to AAIC: Posters
June 22 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Can’t wait? Here is a podcast and 10 tops tips to help:
- Clearly define your objective: Determine the main purpose of your poster. Is it to present research findings, share a project, or provoke discussion? Clarify your objective to guide the content and design choices.
- Organise information effectively: Structure your poster with clear sections such as Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Use headings, subheadings, and bullet points to make the content easy to read and navigate.
- Keep it concise: Avoid overwhelming your audience with excessive text. Use brief and concise sentences to convey your key points. Use visuals, graphs, and tables to supplement your text and present information more effectively.
- Use a clear and legible font: Choose a font that is easy to read from a distance. Sans-serif fonts like Arial or Calibri are often preferred for posters. Use a font size that is legible from at least a few feet away (check your institutions website for a templates / branding guidance)
- Create an eye-catching title: Craft a title that grabs attention and clearly reflects the focus of your research. Use a larger font size and consider using bold or colored text to make it stand out.
- Incorporate visuals: Use images, graphs, charts, and diagrams to enhance the visual appeal of your poster. Visuals can convey information more efficiently than text alone and help engage the audience.
- Maintain a consistent visual theme: Choose a color scheme and design elements that complement each other. Consistency in fonts, colors, and layout will create a visually appealing and professional-looking poster.
- Emphasize key findings: Highlight your most important results or conclusions. Use visual cues like larger font sizes, bold text, or color to draw attention to these key points and make them easily noticeable.
- Practice effective use of space: Utilise the available space wisely. Avoid overcrowding your poster and leave enough white space to enhance readability and maintain a clean layout.
- Proofread and review: Before printing your poster, proofread it carefully for typos, grammar errors, and factual accuracy. Seek feedback from colleagues or mentors to ensure clarity and improve the overall quality of your poster.
Remember that a well-designed and informative poster can effectively communicate your research and engage conference attendees.