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Answer these three questions:
- What is the most important thing about my project?
- How can I get my point across visually? Charts, graphs, photos, images?
- What can I say about my project that will complement my poster?
This worksheet will help you plan your academic poster. Planning might not be exciting, but with a project this big and with all your awesome research to share planning is a must. This guide will help you map out your ideas and plan your design, and also has a handy final checklist to make sure your academic poster is ready to share with the world.
Download the planning worksheet here: https://guides.lib.unc.edu/ld.php?content_id=34720574
Poster Design 2.0?
To Save The Science Poster, Researchers Want To Kill It And Start Over
This article from NPR (June 2019) describes a new approach to poster design (2.0?) that is spreading in academic circles. The basic idea is to drastically reduce the text on the poster. You might consider reading this article and discussing with your faculty advisor if this design is for you!
How to Create a Better Research Poster in Less Time
This 20 minute YouTube video by Mike Morrison explains what is wrong with traditional academic poster design--and his new approach to Posters 2.0. Morrison is the subject of the NPR article.
What Makes a Good Poster?
- Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away (title, headings, etc.)
- Title is short and draws interest
- Total poster word count of about 300 to 800 words
- Text is clear and to the point
- Use of bullets, numbering, and headlines make it easy to read
- Effective use of graphics, color and fonts
- Consistent and clean layout
- Includes acknowledgments, your name and institutional affiliation
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