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Poster (in PowerPoint)

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  1. Class: Unspecified
  2. This template is published for use.
  1. Step 1: Understand assignment requirements. Develop overall message.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

  2. Step 2: Develop individual elements.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • Draft the text of the individual parts of poster (introduction, results, findings etc.)
      • Use minimal words--be sure to focus on communicating your overall message
    • Consider what you want to display visually or with text. Consider alternatives to paragraphs of text such as lists, charts, graphs, graphics, etc.
    • Develop a meaningful and engaging title.
    • Determine how you are going to cite information within your poster.
  3. Step 3: Work on design and layout.
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions

    • Develop template
      • Browse Internet for existing templates.
        • Search for "free Powerpoint templates."
      • Create poster without a template. Basically, the poster is one large slide.
        • Within powerpoint, start with a blank presentation.
        • Specify the size of the slide (PowerPoint 2003: File>Page Setup or PowerPoint 2007: Design tab>Page Set up>Slides Sized For>Custom) 
    • Select fonts to enhance readability
      • Limit fonts to 1 to 2 different styles (e.g. for header, for section/body text)
      • Font size recommendations to help audience read from 6 feet away.
        • Title: 90 to 100 pt. bold
        • Author: 36-42 pt. bold
        • Section head: 36-54 pt. 
        • Main text: 28-32 pt.
        • References: 18-28 pt.
    • Select color scheme to enhance readability
      • Limit colors to 2-4 (e.g. background, font, etc.).
      • Us contrast such as light backgrounds and darker texts to increase visibility.
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  4. Step 4: Create tables, chars or graphs. Select graphics or images.
    Percent time spent on this step: 20%

    Instructions

    • Create tables, charts or graphs to clearly display data
      • Consider using a program such as Excel or LaTeX to create and importing them as a graphic.
      • Cite graphs or charts if not your own creation.
    • Use caution with images from the Internet.
      • Are they copyrighted? Do you have permission to use them?
        • Look for a Creative Commons license. 
        • Be sure to cite any images, charts or graphs created by someone else.
      • Will they look good when enlarged?
        • Use a minimum of 300 x 300 pixels (check "properties")
        • TIFF and PNG are higher quality file type
      • Do graphics compliment overall design/color scheme?
    • Be aware of white space to help with flow and readability.
  5. Step 5: Assemble Poster.
    Percent time spent on this step: 15%

    Instructions

    • Copy and paste elements into poster.
    • Make sure fonts are easy to read from 3 to 5 feet away.
    • Revise elements to ensure fit on poster. Generally, you will need to cut and edit content to make it more readable. Use the following guidelines:
      • 20-30% text
      • 30-40% graphics
      • 30-40% white space
    • Draft handout(s) or gather any other materials or props you may need.
  6. Step 6: Review poster in large format before printing.
    Percent time spent on this step: 5%

    Instructions

    • Will the poster capture the readers attention in 3 seconds from 10 feet away? Will they get the "message"?
    • Make sure images, graphs or charts created by others are cited.
    • Ask a friend or classmate to view poster. Did they get the "message"?
    • View the entire poster.
      • Zoom in to 100% to be sure graphics are not blurry and are of good resolution.
      • Zoom out ("fit to screen") to see the entire poster to make sure everything is lined up and images don't overlap with text, etc. 
    • Check your assignment requirements to make sure you completed all components.
  7. Step 7: Print the Poster.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • Deliver, upload or email file to printer within timeframe to get printing done by deadline.
    • Check with printer to be sure to send correct file type (often PDF).
    • How are you going to transport your finished poster?
      • Do you need a poster tube?
  8. Step 8: Develop talking points about Poster.
    Percent time spent on this step: 10%

    Instructions

    • How is the poster going to be displayed?
      • Do you need to provide pins?
      • Do you have any props or handouts?
    • Write short talking points to describe your research to viewers.
    • Be prepared to answer questions on your research. 
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