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- Consider your audience
- Have a focused, succinct message
- Determine size requirements (how big should the poster be), what layout (square, landscape rectangle, etc)
- Use text sparingly with no large blocks of text
- Text size matters! Must be readable from 10 ft away. Approximate recommended sizes:
- 85+ pt for Title
- 56+ pt for Authors
- 36+ pt for Subheadings
- 24+ pt for Body text
- 18+ pt for Captions
- Group author names and affiliations
- Use images/tables/graphs to tell the story and engage reader
- Use images at least 150 dpi
- Include your contact information
- Have peers give you feedback prior to printing
- Use dark or heavy backgrounds
- Use more than 2-3 colors
- Forget to leave white (blank) space to keep your poster readable and uncluttered
- Use someone's else image without seeking permission or crediting your source
- Mix and match content boxes...most people start reading from the top left
- Have images that seem too small or blurry (will look worse once enlarged)
- Order too late!
- Rely only on the poster to tell your story, make sure you have 3-5 min verbal explanation ready
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create your narrative icon by Vicons Design from the Noun Project
Spoonflower [Fabric] $
Very Affordable! Create custom-printed fabric posters in a lightweight, wrinkle-free fabric. The posters look good with crisp images and vibrant colors. Need ~10 days to receive final product via mail.
$$ Offers a 24 hour turn around, free delivery to Duke locations, & weekend printing and pick up (if arranged ahead of time).
PhD Posters [Paper or Fabric] $$
Very affordable paper, moderate pricing on fabric option. Pick up on campus near the Medical Library.
Kinkos/FedEx [Paper] $$$
Most expensive option. Offers Duke discount. Same day options. Much less restrictive on size options. Order online or stop by 9th Street location.