This tutorial provides you with a step-by-step guide to effectively creating and presenting scholarly posters of various types USING POWERPOINT. Not all tips and techniques apply to all poster types, but the end goal is always to create an attractive and well-planned poster.
NOTE: Does not apply to all types of posters
1. Most importantly, give yourself enough time to make multiple drafts before you develop the final product. Develop a rough draft and have your mentor and a least one other trusted person look over your poster and make suggestions. Ask them to appraise and honestly comment on all aspects of your design, construction, look and feel, etc. Above all, work closely with your MSU mentor(s).
2. Organize, reorganize, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.
3. Make your poster readable from 6 feet away, and keep your word count as low as possible. The most common mistake is putting in too much stuff and making the poster too busy or wordy. A total of 800-900 words or possibly less is what you are looking for.
4. For your title, use a large (70-100 size), bold font. The text should be in a serif font such as New Times Roman.
5. Organize your poster so that it does not appear to “busy," has sufficient white space, and is easy for visitors to follow. Make sure the most important aspects are easily visible.
6. Minimize the use of acronyms, since they are difficult for the visitors to remember.
7. Be cautious with use of web graphics since they often are not high quality resolution.