"Gratuitous advice on how to prepare posters for scientific meetings, research conferences, and similar gatherings of nerds who want to share their stuff on really big pieces of paper. With apologies, this page is really long, but should give you the basics on how to make your poster and how to present it without embarrassing yourself."
Colin Purrington of Swarthmore College states, "[This] group has examples of great and terrible posters, though they are not labeled as such." Critique these designs to boost your poster design skills, and to get ideas on how to lay out your own poster.
The Scientist's Edyta Zielinska provides advice for making "concise, well-presented, and eye-catching posters" by talking to "researchers who have sharpened their scientific pitches, as well as to graphic designers who understand the rationale behind color, font, and layout choices."
UNC Media Design Services
Want some personalized help? Need a second set of eyes to evaluate your poster?
HSL librarians provide media design education and can help you learn about educational media design and technology. We are happy to help you plan and create your poster project, or to provide constructive criticism for a draft of your project in person or through e-mail.
Interested in incorporating multimedia or social media into your scholarly and professional pursuits? If you want to use video, images, audio or other media in an assignment, presentation, publication, poster, or web site, you can get help from staff at the Health Sciences Library.
Need someone to review your poster ASAP? Just contact HSL via chat or Ask Us and let us know! You can send us your poster file and a librarian can provide quick feedback virtually.
If the software you're using to design your poster is stumping you, check out the following webpages.
Note: if you are using software that is older than the most recent 2 versions, we recommend upgrading.
Working with InDesign and stumped about a feature? Adobe's Indesign Support center has video tutorials related to InDesign, as well as a list of the top troubleshooting issues that InDesign users have experienced.