Make a Good Poster

Creating Effective Posters

Effective project posters show awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of the poster format:

  • Edit the story you're trying to tell.  A good honors thesis is unlikely to fit on a good poster.
  • Balance the text, graphics, and empty space that tell your story best.
  • Use the highly visual elements of your poster (such as a title, photo, or graph) to provoke questions about your topic; draw prospective audience members into conversation.
  • Always remember to include your contact information to allow follow-up conversations.

Printing Your Poster

SURPS posters and printing:

  • Design your poster as a slide in PowerPoint, and save the file as a .ppt file. To do this, create a new slide show and add a new slide by choosing “New Slide” from the “Insert” menu. To change the dimensions of this slide to poster size, select “Page Setup” from the “File” Menu. Then change the width to 42 inches and height to 36 inches.
  • The computer connected to the plotter is a PC. If you are working on a Mac, check your file on a PC before submitting to ensure your fonts and images appear correctly.
  • Before printing, double and triple check your file for errors such as spelling mistakes or overlapping images.
  • The file size should not exceed 5 megabytes.
  • Dimension of your poster: maximum of 42 inches by 36 inches.
  • Mounting: You may tack your poster up to the provided backing boards. Mounting on foamcore is not a requirement and not recommended for SURPS.

Brian Thomas Talks about Effective Poster Design