IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.

 

Poster presentations are a major part of every conference and workshop, to help make th poster sessions a success we ask that you observe the following general guidelines in your poster design.

If you have a need for a jumbo poster, please let us know so we can make sure to accommodative your needs.

Good examples from recent conference:

(posters blurred to protect the innocent)

In both of these images from a recent conference the posters follow the general size guidelines, allowing 2 posters to comfortably fit on each board without overlapping or hanging over neighboring boards or off the top or bottom of the board.

Bad examples from recent conference:

(posters blurred to protect the innocent)

In both of these images from a recent conference the posters do not follow the size guidelines, In the first image the left poster is over 48 inches wide. The right poster is 45 inches wide and partly overlaps the first poster, the poster board frame and the poster on the next board. In the second image the poster is well over 48inches tall, stretching from the very top of the usable poster board area and hanging well off the bottom of the frame, curling back on itself.  This poster was very hard to read as most of it was not at eye level, and the bottom section was almost impossible to read. If you are going to do a portrait orientation poster it is especially important to ensure your poster is no more than 42" tall.

Tips:

Our top 10 general tips for consideration when designing and preparing your poster:

  1. Avoid excessive text! This is the most common mistake made in posters. Aim for 800 to 1000 words or less.
  2. Minimum recommended font size, to be legible from 6' away, is 30pt. Make sure your title, authors, headings and subheadings are at least this size in a sans serif font (i.e. Arial, Futura, Helvetica).
  3. A good starting point (but only a starting point) for font sizes by section is:
    1. Title: 82pt
    2. Authors: 54pt
    3. Headings/Sub-Headings: 38pt
    4. Body text: 24-28pt
    5. Captions: 18-20pt
  4. Ensure your figures, images and graphs are also legible from 5-7' away.
  5. Use sans-serif fonts for Titles, author list, headings, sub headings and bullet lists, use serif font (i.e. Garamond, Palatino, Verdana) for paragraphs of text and captions.
  6. Use no more that 2 fonts, avoid drop shadows and 3D effects on text.
  7. Do not use UPPER CASE or underlines to set off text, it makes it harder to read. Instead use bold or italics or both to emphasize words and short phrases.
  8. Left align paragraphs (or left justified, ragged right) - using full justification in a program other than LaTeX, InDesign or Quark often leads to large gaps between words which makes it difficult to read.
  9. The width of text boxes should be between  45 and 70 characters. Lines that are shorter or longer are harder to read quickly.
  10. Visually the space use in a poster should be in the range of 20-25% text, 40-50% figures and 30-40% white space.

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IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.
IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.
IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.
IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.
IPW2017 - International Pectinid Workshop text on image of scallop shells.