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Media & Design Center - Labs, Software & Equipment: Academic Poster Design


A well designed academic poster will showcase how good your research really is. This webpage is filled with tips and tricks on how to make your academic poster stand out from the crowd with a powerful, clean, and exciting look.


Some tools available to help you create a poster are:

Planning Worksheets/Templates

This worksheet will help you plan your academic poster. Planning might not be exciting, but with a project this big and with all your detailed 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.



Poster template designed by MDC

This template is designed with you in mind. Each section has tips and tricks on how to make your academic poster. Once you're done reading, clear the directions and start placing in work of your own! Includes information on text, color, layout, and resources. This template comes in both PowerPoint and InDesign. 


For more information on creating academic posters and using either Microsoft PowerPoint or Adobe InDesign, check out our Designing Effective Posters guide.

Media & Design Center Staff

The Media & Design Center staff are available to answer your questions on using equipment, finding films, and creating posters or podcasts!  

Need instruction for your students in the Adobe Creative Suite or WordPress? We can help!


Media & Design Center
Undergraduate Library
CB# 3942
Chapel Hill, NC 27599