Poster Design Resources

Evaluating Your Research Poster

Below are some questions you might ask yourself as you revise and edit your own research poster:

  • Navigation: What appears to be the path through the poster’s information, and how does it guide you?
  • Design: Pay attention to the use of color, line, space, and type.
  • Is the poster visually appealing?
  • Which design features appear be functional as well as aesthetic? (e.g., suggesting navigation, structure, emphasis)?
  • Content: How well does the poster communicate meaning?
  • What is the apparent aim of this poster?
  • Can you digest this level of information in about 5 minutes? Do you want more or less information?
  • Is the text written to be easily read in a noisy, crowded conference hall? Consider:
    • vocabulary
    • sentence syntax
    • bullet points, paragraphs, and white space
  • Images: Are they meaningful or decorative?
  • Charts, tables, graphs: Are they readable? Adequately labeled? Is significant information easy to identify? Would you suggest presenting information in another form?

Tips for Formatting Effective, Accessible Posters


You can print your poster on the large format printer in the Campus Print and Mail Center (CPMC), on the lower level of College Hall.

Size Guidelines

The size of your poster is restricted by the capability of the printer.  The printer in CPMC can print a maximum width of 42 in. A 36 in. x 48 in. poster is typical.

Color Guidelines

Dark text on a light background is the easiest to read.  Make sure there is enough contrast between your text and background colors. 

Image Guidelines

Use images that are at least 150 dpi (dots per inch); 220-300 dpi is ideal.

Images copied from the web are often very low resolution and will look blurry on your poster.
This website has tips on figuring out if your image will work on a poster.

Font Size Guidelines

It is important that your poster be easy to read from a distance of a few feet.  Use these font ranges as a guide:

  • Title: 90-120 pt or more
  • Headings: 36-48 pt
  • Text: 28-36 pt
  • Captions: 24-28 pt