Poster Information Guidelines for digital and paper presentations
A poster presentation allows a lot of information to be presented visually while remaining in a clear and concise format. The Research Day Committee is excited that there will be multiple posters presented at each campus offering students and faculty a unique opportunity to access rich content on practices, strategies, and research findings.
Poster specifications for digital format (monitors)
- Best if designed in PowerPoint
- Widescreen format (16:9 ratio)
- Slide size (w x h) = 55 in. x 31 in.
- Font size no smaller than 28 pt
- SAVE as a JPEG
- Bring on a jump drive
Please use the following link on "how to make a poster in PowerPoint":
Poster specifications for paper format
Step 1: Printed Poster space
- Maximum dimensions: 6' x 4' feet (72' wide x 48" high)
- Minimum dimensions: 4' x 3' in size
- Noncompliance with sizing requirements may result in forfeit of display
- Pocatello display: push pins will be provided to affix posters to display boards
- Meridian display: display strips/ putty will be provided to affix posters to walls
Step 2: Organize the information
Poster presentations include:
- program explanations
- insights about an intervention or service delivery
- focus on providing a clear story about the information being presented
Things to consider:
- Information that is inspiring or offers potential breakthroughs
- Interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities
- Title(s): located at the top of the poster; its the advertisement that encourages others to take the time to read the poster and talk with you
- Author(s): author(s)'s name(s) and affiliation(s) are on the second line, below the poster title
- Introduction: overview of the topic/activity/program/problem that is the subject of the poster: 3 to 5 clear sentences that explain the poster subject matter and the focus of the presentation (e.g., the target of the research, what was explored, the problem that was examined, etc)
- Methods/Activities: describe what was done (methodology, interventions, actions taken)
- Results: describe what happened using, but not limited to, self-explanatory text; graphs, or tables (may include legends); an interpretation of results
- Lessons Learned/Implications: provide observations, recommendations, and insights other programs might be able to use; focus on specifics
Step 3: Preparing the poster
- Order of Materials: Make clear what information is to be read first and in what order; (suggestion: number sections/pages/use directional arrows for flow)
- Tabular Data: use tables when the goal is to present data under a small number of categories.
- Types of Graphs: bar and pie; for presenting big-picture insight into findings, use explanatory text next to the graphic data
- Text amount and design
- Type Size: large enough to be seen easily: posters may be viewed in exhibit halls by persons standing anywhere from 1-6 feet away
- Font Style: San serif
- Case: Use upper and lower case; avoid all caps.
- Headers: font size no less than 1 inch high
- Body Text: font size no less than ½ inch high
- Lettering: bold
- Typed material: large font size (20 to 24 point font);
- Colors: avoid more than three colors in most cases; a black-white poster can be very effective when using white space, shading, or varying font sizes.
- Paper Color/texture: white, pale yellow or cream colored non-glossy paper
- Abbreviations/Acronyms: avoid using
- Walk-Away Information: business cards; include contact information on the poster (name, email)
Step 4: Poster setup, meet the presenter session, poster breakdown
- Set-up: the afternoon before Research Day from 4-5 p.m. in Meridian; after 7:30 a.m. Research Day in Pocatello
- Poster Presentation time: 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.
- Author present: At least one of the authors of the poster is expected to be present the entire hour of the exhibition to entertain questions and discussion with attendees.
- Tear down: 1:00 p.m.